An increase in enrollment in Maine’s community colleges has motivated lawmakers to consider the option of offering on-campus housing to the schools.
On-campus housing is not common among community colleges, but there is an increasing trend across the country. A proposal introduced by Democratic Representative Daniel Hobbs of Wells would direct the Maine Community College System to provide college and housing on its campuses.
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Enrollment in Maine’s community colleges is up 12% since the state created a free tuition program. That has led to increased demand for housing in an increasingly expensive rental market, Hobbs said.
Maine lawmakers are looking at a possible addition of on-campus housing to the state’s seven community colleges.
Hobbs said on-campus housing “should be more accessible to all students so that finding off-campus housing doesn’t add to the list of challenges students already face.”
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Maine’s community college system has seven colleges and serves approximately 17,000 students.
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Finding housing arrangements has become a struggle for many students across the country due to rent increases and housing shortages.