CUNY’s community colleges serve as the city’s most reliable springboards to the middle class. However, for many community college students, non-tuition expenses, including food, housing, and transit, are among the biggest factors that cause students to drop out. There’s a lot that could be done to help more students stay in school, but few things would be as valuable as offering free MetroCards.
In this City Limits op-ed, CUF Senior Fellow for Economic Opportunity Tom Hilliard suggests a compromise to the City Council's proposal for half-price MetroCards for poor families that is more affordable and very much aligns with the city’s goal of reducing inequality: Make MetroCards free for the city’s community college students.
Read the op-ed here.
This op-ed is a continuation of the Center for an Urban Future's extensive research on higher education and economic mobility in New York, including the recent study Degrees of Difficulty: Boosting College Success in New York City.
Photo Credit: Kirk Morales/Unsplash