Even before the pandemic, Eden Schiano, 19, had concerns about her first year of college.
Schiano suffered from anorexia in high school and was uncertain how the fall of 2020 would go as a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Being mostly isolated in her dorm quickly took a toll. “I was in my dorm room, doing classes online and I started losing weight,” she said. By October, Schiano decided to withdraw.
Whether for mental health conditions or concerns about Covid, the number of students taking time off skyrocketed last year.
But withdrawing mid-semester could come at a steep financial cost.