Friday, September 28, 2018 1:00 PM ~ 2:00 PM ET

CLASP will host a webinar that will examine how states must expand their policies beyond the traditional postsecondary landscape to acknowledge the complexity of these students’ lives


Students and state policymakers understand how important postsecondary education is to financial wellbeing and state economic productivity. Today’s college students are no longer 18- to 22-year-olds from middle class families who attend full-time and can depend on family support. They are increasingly low-income, working adults balancing work, family, and school. These students are more likely to be first-generation attenders, immigrants, and students of color. State higher education policies, however, have not adapted to this new reality. What these students need is access to essential supports such as high-quality advising, flexible financial aid, and child care subsidies.

In conjunction with higher education leaders, anti-poverty advocates, state policymakers, and postsecondary students, CLASP developed a state policy framework to help more low-income, working students succeed. 




  • Anne Kress, President, Monroe Community College (NY)
  • Michael Meotti, Executive Director, Washington Student Achievement Council
  • Ariel Ventura-Lazo, Student, George Mason University; and
  • Amy Ellen Duke-Benfield, Senior Policy Analyst, CLASP