Research Brief Exploring Indicators of Student Success Among Undergraduates

This brief focuses on questions in the Student Financial Wellness Survey regarding difficulty concentrating on school and missing classes. Older students, first-generation students, Black students, and parenting students were more likely to say they had difficulty concentrating on schoolwork because of their financial situation compared to their peers. Students who had experienced basic needs insecurities also reported difficulty concentrating at higher rates, as well as higher rates of missing classes due to a lack of childcare or lack of transportation compared to respondents overall. Institutions can use this information to implement strategies to reduce basic needs insecurities and develop a robust emergency aid program to assist students in crisis.