Basic Needs Insecurity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A #RealCollege HBCU Report

Basic Needs Insecurity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: A #RealCollege HBCU Report

This report is part of our #RealCollegeHBCU initiative.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established primarily in the post-Civil War era to meet the educational needs of Black Americans. They provide pathways to upward social mobility and have a long-standing commitment to promoting both academic success and students’ health and well-being. But persistent funding inequities at both the state and federal levels actively undermine those commitments and leave the sector particularly vulnerable during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

This report, a collaboration between The Hope Center and the Center for the Study of HBCUs, uses data from the #RealCollege Survey to examine the overlapping challenges affecting students attending HBCUs during fall 2020. In total, nearly 5,000 students from 14 public and private four-year HBCUs responded to the survey.

Topics covered include:

  • Impacts of the pandemic on students’ health and employment
  • Students’ basic needs security
  • Utilization of public and campus supports, including emergency aid and SNAP
  • Recommendations for federal and state policymakers