COLLEGE & CAREER RESOURCES
3110 Thomson Ave., Room C404 Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 482 5385 CCPI@lagcc.cuny.edu
Student success in college depends on financial well-being.Beyond tuition and fees, students must account for the many costs of pursuing their degrees. Low-income, nontraditional students are especially vulnerable to dropping out due to lack of financial resources.
The Pre-College Financial Health Early Alert Initiative (EAI) at LaGuardia Community College is an access and success project that promotes financial health among low-income students making the transition to college credit studies.
The EAI aims to build capacity to develop systems and interventions that promote financial healthacross the board. Grounded in evidence-based research and thorough outcomes assessments,the EAI provides a testing ground for new student services, tools and curricula.
• 42% of LaGuardia Community College students cite financial challenges as the reason for dropping out of school.
• In 2015-16, the average “unmet need” was $9,384 for dependent and $13,424 for independent students.
• The majority of LaGuardia students work full-time or part-time while taking classes.
• Three-in-four of our students do not regularly add to their savings. 39% of students rarely or never do so.
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LaGuardia Community College was founded 45 years ago as part of the City University of New York as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to everyone. We help disadvantaged New Yorkers move out of poverty and into the middle class through education.
Many of our students graduate with little or no student loan debt. In fact, many of our programs are free—supported by grants from generous foundations and New York City agencies.
We provide extensive support services, such as an on-campus food pantry, subsidized daycare for our student-parents, staff dedicated to helping students access public assistance, safe housing, and more.
The LaGuardia Community College Foundation raises more than $3.5 million annually and gives out nearly $1.8 million annually in scholarships and emergency financial support to our primarily low-income and new-immigrant students.
For more information on LaGuardia’s Pre-College Financial Health Early Alert Initiative and how to partner with us contact us at (718) 482-5385 or