Sternheimer, K. (2016, March 21). Does college alienate low income students? In Everyday Sociology Blog. Retrieved from

Although the steep price of a university education is one of the main reasons that low income students struggle, other factors, often hidden to the eyes of faculty and administration, add to their feelings of isolation. The author states that even interactions with other students and their instructors, who may not understand their struggles, can add to their stress levels. The author suggests solutions such as being aware that not every student can afford books and placing them on reserve and accommodating these students’ challenging schedules.