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New Study: Still Hungry and Homeless in College

by Michael Pujals on 2018-04-04T10:55:00-07:00 in Reports and Studies | Comments

A new study from the Wisconsin Hope Lab, Still Hungry and Homeless in College, was released today. Key findings include:

  • 36% of university students were food insecure in the 30 days preceding the survey. This year’s estimate for community college students is 42%, but our larger study last year found 56%.
  • 36% of university students were housing insecure in the last year. Housing insecurity affected 51% of community college students in last year’s study, and 46% in this year’s study.
  • 9% of university students were homeless in the last year. In comparison, 12% of community college students were homeless in this year’s survey, and 14% in last year’s surve

The data show that basic needs insecurities disproportionately affect marginalized students and are associated with long work hours and higher risk of unemployment. However, the level of academic effort – in and outside the classroom—is the same regardless of whether or not students are dealing with food and housing insecurity. It is therefore critically important to match their commitments with supports to ensure degree completion.

~From the study~

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