College and University Basic Needs Insecurity: A National #RealCollege Survey Report
Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice (Hope Center); Goldrick-Rab, Sara; Baker-Smith, Christine; Coca, Vanessa; Looker, Elizabeth; and Williams, Tiffani, 2019
Food and housing insecurity undermine academic success. Housing insecurity and homelessness have a particularly strong, statistically significant relationship with college completion rates, persistence, and credit attainment. Researchers also associate basic needs insecurity with self-reports of poor physical health, symptoms of depression, and higher perceived stress. The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2018 at 123 two- and four-year institutions across the United States.