Barbara Pryor, Elisabeth Mason, Theodore Levitt, Malou C. Harrison, Mercedes Arenas, Jennifer Kross, Mathew Jean, Miami Dade College
Single Stop at Miami Dade College
Single Stop (SS) is a ground-breaking partnership between Miami Dade College (MDC) and Single Stop USA, an anti-poverty organization. Designed to help students persist and complete, MDC launched SS at two campuses in 2010, and then replicated it. SS’s model combines benefits screening, tax preparation, legal and financial counseling, and mentoring. Over one hundred service-learning students assist with services. SS advisors use cutting-edge software to determine eligibility and to provide students coordinated access to health insurance, food stamps, and subsidies; financial coaching addresses debt management and budgeting; legal counseling targets housing, immigration, and other matters; and tax preparation ensures access to tax credits and financial aid filing. SS leverages existing resources to help the poorest students marshal resources to persist. More than 7,000 students were served, totaling over $8M in benefits and services. Over 2,000 students received tax services.