Opinion: How the end of the COVID state of emergency hurt low-income students

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“When the Biden administration announced it would end the COVID public health emergency (PHE) in May 2023, policy experts were quick to warn that it would also mean the end of “pandemic-era” policies that provided aid to vulnerable populations. Low-income students especially benefited from flexibilities for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility and continuous Medicaid coverage. Now, one year after the end of the federal PHE, students are struggling to make ends meet and pursue their education at the same time. The pandemic has had a particular impact on marginalized students. In 2021, Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students were twice as likely to know someone who died from COVID-19 when compared to white students. These students also consistently report higher levels of food insecurity, along with first-generation students, parenting students, and Pell Grant recipients.”

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