EDUCATION IS THE MOST RELIABLE ESCAPE FROM POVERTY.
As education level increases, unemployment rates decrease. These are simple facts. (Source)
There are more than 1 million students in American public schools who, through no fault of their own, are homeless. Not even a quarter of those students will graduate high school, and a fraction of them will start college; even less will graduate.
When your parents can’t afford a home, chances are they don’t have a college fund waiting for you. As higher education costs increase and endowments shrink, many families have no choice but to finance college for their children, and the Plus loan is often funding a large chunk of any student’s educational expenses.
Plus loan regulation changes in 2011 have made these loans increasingly hard to secure. As a direct result, bright homeless or poor kids who manage to get into college are unable to pay for it. For the 2012-13 school year, almost 47% of Plus loan applications were denied.
We’re getting close to covering the Plus loan gap for James Ward’s entire education, which is so exciting, but there over a million other kids that need help, too. We hope you’ll join us as we fight for better access to higher education so that kids like Jessica and James once were can find their own happy ending, and escape from poverty with education.
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