Center for Working Families at Community Colleges

Clearing the Financial Barriers to Student Success Executive Summary

Posted December 5, 2012
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation, MDC
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MDC has been working for over 40 years to promote opportunity and equity for low-income college students. Casey's Center for Working Families (CWF) helps families tap into all the financial help available to them. Together, these two powerhouses are working to ensure impoverished students can finish their community college courses.

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CWF and low-income students

The Center for Working Families (CFW) approach is especially important for low-income students who face financial hurdles. More than 50% of students at two-year institutions never receive a credential. Many simply cannot afford to stay in school, because continuing would mean giving up employment, paying the bills, or responding to a crisis.