Meet Today’s Students

Many of today’s students aren’t going straight from high school to college and studying full-time. They are returning adults, parents, providers, veterans, and the first in their families to go to college. They need a system that is flexible, affordable and responsive to their needs. But to serve today’s students well, we first need to hear their stories.

  • Alena Puaaili-Pelham – Why I Apprentice


    Alena, 19, is a youth apprentice at Newport News Shipbuilding’s Apprentice School ( Find out why she likes being an apprentice.

    Contributed by: Jobs for the Future (JFF)

  • Alex

    Veterans talk with VES about their experiences after the military in higher education.

    Contributed by: Veterans Education Success

  • Alexander


    The declining purchasing power of the Pell Grant makes it hard for students like Alexander to cover all their education expenses.

    Contributed by: National College Attainment Network

  • Austin Community College Student


    Austin Community College (Austin, TX) is situated in a thriving art and tech economy. With the right degree or certificate, students can attain well-paying job…

    Contributed by: Jobs for the Future (JFF)

  • Aya Waller-Bey – LEDA Scholar


    Georgetown University graduate and LEDA Scholar Aya Waller-Bey discusses her experience as a first-generation student and navigating the federal student aid ap…

    Contributed by: Higher Learning Advocates (HLA)

  • Brenden – Why I Apprentice


    Brenden, 18, of Marathon, Wisconsin, is a youth apprentice at Elite Electrical Contractors. Find out why he likes being an apprentice. Brenden is the 1st Place…

    Contributed by: Jobs for the Future (JFF)

  • Bri Sislo-Schutta


    Bri, a sophomore at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, discusses how coronavirus pandemic is affecting today's students.

    Contributed by: Today's Students Coalition

  • Cat Huang – Cornell University

    New York Cat, a student at Cornell University, discusses how the coronavirus pandemic is causing stress for today's students, particul…

    Contributed by: Today's Students Coalition

  • Cedric


    When his state's financial aid funds ran out, Cedric had to go to extra lengths to cover his tuition. Let's fix the financial aid system to help more students …

    Contributed by: National College Attainment Network

  • Chris


    Chris knew that grocery store wages weren't going to be enough to support his young family. A program at Baton Rouge Community College, in conjunction with Exx…

    Contributed by: National Skills Coalition

  • Christine Mompoint


    Christine is a Young Invincibles Texas Advocate.

    Contributed by: Young Invincibles

  • Drayton Jackson


    Drayton is a student parent attending Olympic College. The coronavirus pandemic caused Drayton to have to push back his education goals so he could focus more …

    Contributed by: Today's Students Coalition

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