HCM Strategists Releases New Policy Brief as Part of Promising Policy Series and Addressing COVID-19 Concerns in Education Series

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HCM Strategists Releases New Policy Brief as Part of Promising Policy Series and Addressing COVID-19 Concerns in Education Series 

This New Brief Focuses on the Importance of Providing Supports for Non-Tuition Student Expenses Following COVID-19

Washington, D.C. – HCM Strategists, one of the nation’s leading advocacy and public policy firms, today announced the launch of a new policy brief addressing the need for institutions, systems and states to provide supports for non-tuition student expenses in the wake of COVID-19. This brief is being released as part of HCM’s Promising Policy series aimed at driving better outcomes and equity in education, as well as HCM’s recent blog series Addressing COVID-19 Concerns in Education.

The cost of a college education continues to be one of the most significant barriers preventing students from accessing higher education, especially students of color and low-income students. This issue is only being exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19 on the education system. This brief outlines specific efforts being made to assist students with non-tuition expenses, and seeks to inform leaders as they consider implementing college affordability strategies following COVID-19.

In addition to the brief, HCM is releasing a new blog post on this issue written by Associate, Danielle Zaragoza, and Senior Research Associate, Elizabeth Salinas. This new blog post provides a real-world perspective of this critical issue and showcases specific solutions to help improve affordability and equity for students, both during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond.

“Much as COVID-19 has shined a spotlight on long-established health disparities, it has underscored some of the very real challenges students were already dealing with before the pandemic,” writes Danielle Zaragoza and Elizabeth Salinas. “College students, like all Americans, are in dire need of some financial relief during this time. Students of color and low-income students are especially vulnerable.”

Elizabeth Salinas is a senior research associate for the HCM Strategists postsecondary policy team. She is dedicated to identifying and eliminating equity gaps in higher education.

Danielle Zaragoza is an associate with HCM’s postsecondary team, where she focuses on the impacts of state and federal-level higher education policy on underrepresented and low-income students.

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