College and University Basic Needs Insecurity: A National #RealCollege Survey Report

Goldrick-Rab, S.
Baker-Smith, C.
Coca, V.
Looker, V.
Williams, T.
Paper/Research Report
Published: April, 2019
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice

This report from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice (Hope Center) describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered to nearly 86,000 students at 123 two- and four-year institutions. The survey shows rates of basic needs insecurity are higher for students attending two-year colleges, former foster youth, military, and formerly convicted of a crime. The researchers found that being employed and receiving federal student aid do not lower the risk of basic needs insecurity for students. They conclude that basic needs insecurity is a substantial problem that requires a systemic response. The report outlines five action steps for administrators, faculty, staff, and students to support basic needs on campus. (author abstract modified)

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