Public transit prevents some students from earning degrees

  • A lack of publicly accessible transportation may prevent some community college students from accessing a low-cost education.
  • Research shared exclusively with USA TODAY shows that a quarter of these colleges in Florida are not accessible by public transportation.
  • Colleges and local leaders can fill some of those gaps simply by changing bus routes or schedules, experts said.

It’s only back to school for students if they can get to their campuses.

According to a Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation study, approximately 43% of major community and technical college campuses in the United States are more than a mile from a transit stop. Although this distance is short by vehicle, it can be a barrier for already time-pressed and low-income students who wish to obtain the increased income that a degree can provide.

USA Today

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