Free College Must Include Help for College Students Experiencing Homelessness

by Matthew Lee

Being in college is hard, even if all of your basic needs are met. However, on top of maintaining a good GPA, staying committed to extracurriculars, and working a part-time job, college students all over the nation are experiencing homelessness.

While an undergrad at the University of Southern California (USC), I regularly took five classes, or eighteen units, each semester, had a part-time job where I worked ten to fifteen hours a week, had another writing job for the university, and acted as the director of media for a start-up nonprofit organization. Between my part-time job, classes, meetings, and other commitments, my days usually lasted eleven to thirteen hours with little to no breaks in between responsibilities. Maintaining this schedule felt near impossible, but every night after I was completely exhausted, I was able to come to my apartment, eat dinner, take a shower, and sleep in my own bed.

Being in college is hard, even if all of your basic needs are met. However, on top of maintaining a good GPA, staying committed to extracurriculars, and working a part-time job, college students all over the nation are experiencing homelessness. That nonprofit I worked for, and which I helped start, sought to aid those students, and here I would like to share something of what I’ve learned from the experience, and the priorities policymakers ought to consider when seeking to help these students as well. READ MORE at The Century Foundation.