EXPERIENCES OF LGBTQ PEOPLE IN FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES AND GRADUATE PROGRAMS

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with the Point
Foundation, the nation’s largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, finds LGBTQ people were four times more
likely than non-LGBTQ people to report having picked a college in a different city or state in search of a
more welcoming climate (22% vs. 5%, respectively).

Twice as many LGBTQ people (33%) as non-LGBTQ people (14%) chose to attend a college elsewhere to
get away from their families. While in school, LGBTQ students were more likely than their non-LGBTQ
peers to experience poor mental health, bullying, and harassment.

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COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND THE EXPERIENCES OF LGBTQ PEOPLE

This study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with Point Foundation, finds that most LGBTQ people who attended community college were not “out” while attending, and LGBTQ students were more likely than non-LGBTQ students to report discrimination, harassment, and mental health struggles during their time there.

A majority (74.8%) of LGBTQ people reported not being “out” as being LGBTQ to any of their teachers or staff, and 56.2% of LGBTQ people were not “out” to any other students at their community college. About four out of ten of all people found faculty and school staff and students at their community college to be “very accepting” of LGBTQ people.

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TRANSGENDER STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

This study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with Point Foundation, finds that more than half (55%) of transgender students say that their mental health was not good all or most of the time while they were in higher education programs. More than a third (39%) of transgender people experienced bullying, harassment, or assault while they were there. And nearly a third (32%) of transgender people reported unfair treatment by teachers, staff, or school administrators.

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TRANSGENDER STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION INFOGRAPHIC

A study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, analyzed the lifetime experiences of transgender students aged 18-40 in higher education.

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FEDERAL STUDENT LOAN DEBT AMONG LGBT PEOPLE

An estimated 42.9 million Americans, particularly younger adults, have student debt. On average they owe $32,731, with variability by race/ethnicity and gender. Black college graduates owe $25,000 more than their White counterparts; women hold about two-thirds of all student debt.

Concern about the burden of student debt has been heightened by the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to college closures and economic turbulence generated by the pandemic, policymakers suspended federal student loan payments and set the interest rate on federal student loans at 0%.

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COVID-19 AND STUDENTS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

A new study from the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law conducted in collaboration with the Point Foundation, the nation’s largest LGBTQ scholarship fund, finds that the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the educational opportunities, financial security, and housing stability of many college students in the U.S., including an estimated 3.4 million LGBTQ students ages 18-40.

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