Roxbury Community College will begin offering a new service that connects students to federal, state, and local resources that help pay for school that they may not know they qualify for. The goal is to target students who might need help before emergencies strike, and reduce drop-out rates due to financial hardship.
The high–touch model was developed by Single Stop USA, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping low-income families and individuals build economic security. Single Stop provides students with access to a benefits screening, and on-site assistance filing applications for federal, state and local services and resources.
“Single Stop will greatly expand our capacity to provide assistance to students and provide resources that promote college adjustment and academic success,” says Lisa Carter, Director of RCC’s Single Stop.
When you visit RCC’s Single Stop office, you will have an opportunity to meet with an experienced benefits coach. Using a Web-based software program called Benefits Network (BEN for short), the coach can, in as little as 15 minutes, outline the benefits for which you might qualify.
In a recent 30-month period, Single Stop USA has connected more than 48,000 community college students with $97 million worth of financial support. Students around the nation have received an average of $2,000 in public benefits, services and tax credits through Single Stop USA.
RCC’s program is looking forward to serving students with the Single Stop tool kit and helping them to remain in school to complete their training or transfer to a four year college or university. To find out more about RCC Single Stop Services,
call 617-541-5307 or e-mail