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IHEP Among 25 Organizations Supporting the PATH Act

Published Jan 21, 2022

The Providing Assistance for Transit Help (PATH) to College Act would take important steps toward ensuring today’s students can reach campus by creating grants for public transit providers in collaboration with eligible institutions of higher education to increase access to public transportation for college students. The Biden Administration has shared that approximately 40 percent of Americans lack access to affordable public transportation. Additionally, according to research published by the Seldin/Haring-Smith Foundation: only 57 percent of community colleges are within walking distance of public transportation; student parents, working students, and students from low-income backgrounds are more likely to attend community and technical colleges; 99 percent of students attending community college live off campus; and on average, community college students spend $1840 on public transportation per year. The PATH Act would provide grants for public transit projects partnering with community colleges, historically Black colleges or universities, Tribal colleges, or other minority serving institutions.

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