As college begins this fall, millions of young adults across the country will head to their schools, feeling anxious, overwhelmed, and uncertain about what the second part of 2021 will bring. Many are returning to school while grappling with new uncertainties created by the coronavirus pandemic, including their ability to pay tuition, carry health insurance, find housing, work, and be financially stable.
The coronavirus pandemic has shaken the nation and upended the lives of millions of Americans. Our universities are an important part of our recovery. As colleges and universities across the country restart classes, they are providing students with a safe, secure, and affordable learning environment. College is hard, competitive, and stressful — especially now when students are navigating this pandemic. These students need support, and they need it en masse.
The coronavirus pandemic is affecting college life across the nation. It’s a harrowing time for students and their families. What is the impact of COVID-19 on college students? As college students return to classes, they’re faced with the daunting task of navigating a new school reality.
Here are a few common challenges college students are facing as a result of the pandemic:
- Increased stress. With students facing the possibility of staying at home indefinitely, many are experiencing increased levels of anxiety. Further, many students are returning to school with an added fear of contracting the virus.
- Loneliness. Many students are experiencing an increase in loneliness. This highlights the devastating impact social isolation can have on mental health.
- Uncertainty. With COVID-19 still spreading across the country, students are feeling the uncertainty of the future.
- Economic distress. With the economy in a deep recession, students are feeling the financial strain of everyday expenses.
- Churn. The pandemic is affecting students’ finances and college plans. Many students are losing their scholarships or losing jobs.