Many young people see their entry into cégep as a new life with new freedoms (reduced course hours, apartment living, more frequent outings) but that impression is misleading.
Even if the class hours are less imposing, the studying and homework load is greater, and the schedules are more varied. Structure is a lot less present and independence is valued and encouraged. Also, for some students, apartment living presents many responsibilities that they may have not anticipated, or at least did not plan for in such a big way (cohabitation, cleaning, meals, expenses, etc.). It is therefore important that they are well supported during this time.