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When Money Is Tight, FLIP Helps Some College Students Stay In School11:15
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From left, Mandeep Singh, Toni Airaksinen, Andrew Lawson, Keenan Smith are pictured in front of the Columbia University library. Roxanne Padilla had to leave before the photo was taken. (Robin Young)
From left, Mandeep Singh, Toni Airaksinen, Andrew Lawson, Keenan Smith are pictured in front of the Columbia University library. Roxanne Padilla had to leave before the photo was taken. (Robin Young)
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Here & Now's Robin Young visits Columbia University and meets a group of students who are trying to make ends meet and stay in school.

Low-income college students have challenges beyond tuition, room and board. They can have trouble paying for food. A group called First Generation Low Income Partnership, or FLIP, is trying to change that.

Guests

  • Toni Airaksinen, a freshman at Barnard College from Cleveland, Ohio. She runs the Columbia University Class Confessions Facebook page.
  • Keenan Smith, a freshman at Columbia University from Flint, Michigan. He tweets @KeenanSmith__.
  • Roxanne Padilla, a freshman at Barnard College from Houston, Texas.
  • Mandeep Singh, a senior at Columbia University from New York City. He is a founder of the First Generation Low Income Partnership (FLIP) at Columbia. He tweets @MandeepSinghNY.
  • Andrew Lawson, a junior at Columbia University from Atlanta, Georgia. He tweets @AP_Lawson.

This segment aired on April 9, 2015.

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