Testimony of Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President, Montgomery College, to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Hearing on Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act: Improving College Affordability, February 6, 2018

ROCKVILLE, Md.--()--“Affordability is the biggest challenge facing community college students today. The American college student of 2018 is not the one that so many of us imagine: a recent high school graduate, at a four-year school, living in a dorm, and relying on parental support. Community college students today are people who grew up in households without a college graduate; they are low-income people; they are displaced workers, returning workers, and immigrants; they are women; they are often people of color. Many of them are so daunted by the cost of higher education that they do not enroll. Others enroll, but do not complete their degrees because of the high cost of living. Two-thirds of the 8,600 Pell grant recipients at Montgomery College have an Expected Family Contribution of zero dollars. Their average income in 2018 is $24,864. Community colleges like Montgomery College in Maryland expend extraordinary energy and resources trying to support students’ financial needs beyond tuition so that they can complete their studies. Our college, like many others in the nation, has food pantries, a clothing library, loaner laptops, and free shuttle buses. We know that any of these extra expenses could break the budget of a student living on the edge.”

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 130 areas of study.

Contacts

Media:
Montgomery College
Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022
or
Vanessa Zambrano, 240-567-9186

Release Summary

Testifying on behalf of community college students, Dr. DeRionne Pollard, president of Montgomery College, urges lawmakers to make college affordable.

Contacts

Media:
Montgomery College
Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022
or
Vanessa Zambrano, 240-567-9186