Credit can be a lifeline during emergencies and a bridge to education and homeownership. But debt, which can stem from credit or unpaid bills, often burdens families and communities and exacerbates wealth inequality. This map shows the geography of debt in America at the national, state, and county levels. How does your community compare?
TEEN VOGUE | BY ELLY BELLE | APRIL 5, 2018
Paying for college tuition and the textbooks and materials needed for classes can be hard enough. Whether you attend college part time or full time or go to community college or a university, it can be difficult to scrape together money for food and housing. Add on trying to maintain a social life and it can feel downright impossible. However, there hasn’t been much comprehensive data about just how much food insecurity, housing insecurity, and homelessness affect college students nationwide.
THE WASHINGTON POST | BY CAITLIN DEWEY | APRIL 3, 2018
Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college — and not because he didn’t like the food in the dining hall. A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result. He’d stretch a can of SpaghettiOs over an entire day. Or he’d scout George Washington University campus for events that promised free lunch or snacks. Torres told no one what he was going through, least of all his single mom.