A recent survey has revealed that nearly half of all college students have been negatively impacted by the pandemic, in ways that will definitely have lasting effects throughout their lives.

Course Hero recently conducted a national survey of more than 11,000 students. The results revealed a lot more socio-economic devastation than previously thought. For example:

  • 6 percent of all college students have reported that they had to drop out of school altogether to tend to their family’s financial needs.
  • 60 percent of all full-time and part-time students have reported that they needed to get a full-time job as a result of the pandemic, which puts additional pressure on their studies.
  • Since October 2019, enrollment in colleges and universities has declined by a whopping 13%, the first time there’s been such a marked decline in enrollment in ten years. (However, since 2011, college enrollment has been on a steady decline, though only by a few percentage points.)
  • Just half (56%) of students believe they are getting their money’s worth from college, as remote learning continues to dominate the higher education experience. White students were twice as likely to question the value of college than Black or Latinx students.
  • 40 percent of college students are changing their educational or career plans as a result of the pandemic. Sixteen percent of students reported a change in their course of study and an equal percentage reported a change in their career plans.

Course Hero, in response, is partnering with The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice at Temple University to support their #RealCollege Virtual Journey program addressing basic needs insecurity in higher education. The Hope Center for College’s Virtual Journey kicks off on Wednesday, March 31.