Hello one and all!
I recently started interning with UNLV’s Housing & Residence Life and I want to share a little bit about one of our new initiatives. The HOPE Scholars Program was designed to help unaccompanied homeless students from the Clark County school system transition to life at UNLV, securing housing, financial, and academic support to ensure student success. When I heard about this new program I was practically jumping out of my seat I was so excited, so by no means is this post intended to be a shameless plug for our program. Instead I want to encourage conversation and see what time of initiatives you all have to assist low-income students on your campuses.
Making college more affordable is one of my missions. I feel all too often I met with a student for Academic Success Coaching and they cannot focus on their work because they have a financial hold on their account. Fortunately, we are able to talk about campus resources to pay for college and where they can visit in the cashering office to create a payment plan. College should be avoidable for all students if they are willing to put in the time and effort to further their education. I am hoping to see more initiatives like the HOPE program in the future.
What are your thoughts? What programs and initiatives have you seen to help low-income and unaccompanied homeless students?
I might do some future research in this area, so a lot of discussion and examples would be superb! :)
For further information on our program, please see (the awesome) Director Richard Clark’s post: http://www.unlv.edu/news/unlvtoday/unlv-hope-scholars-program