A newly formed advocacy organization hopes to smooth the process for busy adults looking to attend college.
“The last thing colleges want to do is put a former student in collections,” says Harrison Wadsworth, executive director of the Coalition of Higher Education Assistance Organizations. But when internal efforts to collect tuition don’t work, it’s important to have somewhere to turn for help.
First-year college students with executive function (EF) difficulties arrive on campus and can be overwhelmed by the independence.
Many second-year-experience programs work with only a few thousand dollars in their coffers. Leaders of these initiatives forge partnerships with other departments to curb spending and help students pick majors, choose the right study abroad program or connect with faculty through advising and social events.
Researchers believe more universities need to join the growing number of schools focusing resources on sophomores.