Community College Students

About a third of all college students attend community college. Health and wellness can have a tremendous impact on the academic success of students at community colleges. Some special challenges may include access to health care, housing, food, mental health support, and personal safety. Commuting students may also face challenges such as parking and work-school-life balance.

Health and Mental Health Care

  • Check whether health services are offered at your community college. Even if your college doesn’t have a health center, there may a mental health counselor available to meet with students. You may also be able to get a recommendation for health care services off campus.
  • If you do not have health insurance coverage, you should consider checking out the Health Insurance Marketplace where you might qualify for a significant subsidy for your coverage.

Food, Housing, and Personal Safety

  • Students who have difficulty accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lack a safe and stable place to live, should contact the Dean of Students on their campus.
  • Check to see if there is a community food pantry or one on campus where you can pick up food to eat while you are on campus or to have for meals for when you return home.
  • Your college may have resources for students who struggle with finding housing.

Work-School-Life Balance

Work and financial difficulties are the top two challenges for success for community college students. Students report that the number of hours they work doesn’t leave them much time to study, and their salary doesn’t cover their educational expenses. It can be tough to balance work, school, and life as a college student. Your institution may provide resources, such as financial aid and child care. Check with your institution to see what services are available, both on and off campus.