"School of Education researchers Prof. Michal Kurlaender and Dr. Sherrie Reed partnered with the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to conduct one of the largest surveys in the nation to gauge the impact of the pandemic on our college population and help guide response moving forward.
The team surveyed 76,000 current and incoming college students about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis in spring 2020 and their enrollment plans for fall 2020. The survey found that students have experienced a variety of hardships and were uncertain about where they will attend and how they will afford college.
Key findings included:
- Over 70% of current students lost some or all of their sources of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A quarter of students dropped courses in their spring 2020 college term.
- Almost half of all students had their living arrangements change.