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Faculty Member Shares Research Findings in Online Interview

Esther Prins, associate professor of education and co-director of the Goodling Institute and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, was recently interviewed by “EvoLLLution,” a grassroots online newspaper about higher education, about her study—conducted alongside Cathy Kassab and Kimeka Campbell—that explored rural Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicants.

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.— , associate professor of education and co-director of the Goodling Institute and the Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, was recently interviewed by “EvoLLLution,” a grassroots online newspaper about higher education, about her study—conducted alongside Cathy Kassab and Kimeka Campbell—that explored rural Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) applicants. The study exposed some of the biggest challenges facing non-traditional students from rural areas and possible solutions.

According to Prins, physical access is one of the biggest barriers to higher education for non-traditional students from rural areas because most higher education institutions are concentrated in urban areas. Other factors that hinder access are the high cost for commuting or relocation, high levels of poverty and high likelihood of rural residents living in areas with low levels of educational attainment overall.

Prins added in the interview that a critical step to increasing access and retention for this group is making grants and financial aid more accessible for non-traditional students.

The full interview is available at this link: http://www.evolllution.com/opinions/audio-addressing-biggest-barriers-education-americas-rural-adults/.