The California Student Aid Commission’s (CSAC) newly released results from the Spring 2020 COVID-19 Student Survey provide invaluable data and insight directly from 76,000 students about their experiences during the pandemic and their views on issues related to college attendance in Summer and Fall of 2020.
The survey was sent to students statewide who submitted federal and state financial aid applications and who intended to enroll in college in the 2020-21 academic year. Consisting of college-bound high school seniors and existing college and university enrollees across all sectors of higher education in California, the sample size of 76,000 makes this COVID-19 survey the largest in the nation to gauge the impact of the pandemic on student populations.
The survey found that students have great concern about what the future holds, uncertainty about where they will attend, and how they will afford college and other basic needs expenses. Striking findings include: