Responding to the Pandemic for #RealCollege Students


#RealCollege call to Congress to halt the SNAP student work requirement
This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton Download the PDF July 30, 2020 This week
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#RealCollege Statement on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Decision
This statement should be attributed to Eddy Conroy and Carrie R. Welton Download the PDF Descarga el PDF July 8,
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#RealCollege Statement on Police Killings
To the entire #RealCollege community, Our movement began with the recognition that when it comes to educational opportunity in America,
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U.S. Department of Education Policy Reversal on Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Harms #RealCollege Students
This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton Download the PDF April 21, 2020 Today, the
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Failure to Amend SNAP Eligibility Requirements Hurts #RealCollege Students
This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton Download the PDF April 13, 2020 “ substantial
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#RealCollege Recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education Regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund
This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton Download the PDF April 8, 2020 The U.S.
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#RealCollege Recommendations to Congress Regarding the Fourth COVID-19 Stimulus Bill
This statement should be attributed to Sara Goldrick-Rab and Carrie R. Welton Download the PDF April 6, 2020 The COVID-19
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Guides and Webinars

For #RealCollege Students

Fixing Higher Education’s Inequities in a Time of Crisis
On April 16 Sara was a guest on the Chronicle in a live Q&A on supporting #RealCollege students during COVID-19! Link to video:
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Supporting #RealCollege Students During COVID-19 Interview
On March 26 Sara was interviewed by Bridget Burns in a live Q&A on supporting #RealCollege students during COVID-19! Link
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Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students
Dear college students, We know this is a time of tremendous stress and uncertainty. Please know that you are not
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For #RealCollege institutions of higher education

Webinar – Addressing Students’ Basic Needs with a Culture of Caring (Course Hero)
At Course Hero’s Education Summit ’20, The Hope Center’s Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses the new economics of college, the
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The Place Makers Podcast by MSC U
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America Sabotaged the Solution to Its New Higher-Education Crisis
May 22, 2020. The Atlantic. Community colleges are our second-chance #RealCollege institutions to recover from the pandemic! Read this piece
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ACE Engage Webinar-Basic Needs for All Students
On June 11, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, leader of the #RealCollege movement and best known for her innovative research on food and housing
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#RealCollege During the Pandemic report webinar
The COVID19 pandemic struck American higher education in March 2020. Campuses closed, students lost jobs, and emergency resources fell far
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#RealCollege During the Pandemic
The COVID19 pandemic struck American higher education in March 2020. Campuses closed, students lost jobs, and emergency resources fell far
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Webinar-Supporting Ohio’s Community College Students during COVID-19
Join the OACC Success Center for a one-hour webinar facilitated by national expert, Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the Hope Center
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Webinar with the National Governors Association on Addressing College Students’ Basic Needs: Housing And Food Insecurity
Many college students across the nation experience food and housing insecurity. This webinar is part of a series providing technical
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Webinar-How To Fundraise for Emergency Aid
Emergency aid is a critical support for #RealCollege students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal CARES money is a
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Webinar on the new Swift Student financial aid appeal resource
SwiftStudent is the only free, digital resource that helps students write college financial aid appeal letters. The tool launched on
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Maximizing the Impact of CARES Emergency Aid Funds for Students
Updated April 24, 2020 Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund created in the CARES Act, the federal government is
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Guide to Emergency Grant Aid Distribution
Emergency aid is a critical college retention tool for supporting students who face economic shortfalls that might disrupt their college
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Webinar on meeting Philadelphia student’s basic needs and keeping them enrolled during COVID-19
Students at Philadelphia colleges and universities need our support during the COVID-19 pandemic. As experts on the daily crises that
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Webinar-Meeting Student’s Basic Needs and Keeping them Enrolled During COVID-19
This webinar, created for a national audience, provides an overview of the support students will need to remain enrolled and
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Supporting #RealCollege Students with Caring Enrollment Management and Financial Aid Practices During COVID-19
To help you effectively support students, our team at The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice offer considerations and
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COVID-19 Response for Students Who are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care
Many students who have experienced homelessness or foster care do not have a strong support system to which they can
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Supporting Students During COVID-19: The #RealCollege Guide
Our primary guide provides support for colleges and universities across the United States and around the world as they scramble
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For Philanthropists

Five Considerations for Philanthropists Seeking to Support Students’ Basic Needs
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new focus to the need to support college students’ basic needs to improve their success
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Policy Guidance

Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery & Resilience in Communities Across America
We were delighted to have Sara Goldrick-Rab be part of the team that created this springboard. The Springboard explores what
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Resourcing the Part-Time Student: Rethinking the Use of FTEs in Higher Education Budgets
Government resources, at both the federal and state level, supporting the education of college students are distributed based on a
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The #RealCollege Student Implications of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)
The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was enacted on March 18th, 2020 to address the needs of families impacted
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In the News



Higher Education Food Insecurity Expert Calls On Idaho Leaders To Do More For Students
Boise State Public Radio, October 6, 2020

First-gen students from Kensington prove their “grit”

The Temple News, August 25, 2020

Disrupting the Myth of the Perfect “College Experience”

Teen Vogue, August 24, 2020

Coronavirus: Universities begin U-turns as campus life brings outbreaks

Yahoo Sports, August 19, 2020

Friday Fragments

Inside Higher Ed, August 7, 2020

Student Anxiety in a Pandemic

Inside Higher Ed, August 6, 2020

College During COVID 

Kiplinger, July 30, 2020

Cities Will Need to Address Basic Needs for Postsecondary Students

Cities Speak, July 22, 2020

How 1 community college is grappling with the pandemic, reckoning on race

PBS NewsHour, July 14, 2020

Many college graduates are relying on unemployment to pay the bills

MSN Money, July 14, 2020

Blockchain Tech Can Verify Credentials, but Beware Credentialism 

CoinDesk, July 10, 2020

COVID-19 intensifying college students’ housing, food insecurity

The Feed, June 26, 2020

As Student Hunger And Homelessness Spike, Here's How They Can Access Aid | The University Network

The University Network, June 23, 2020

A dilemma facing college students during the pandemic: Delaying graduation could have long-term financial consequences

Market Watch, June 22, 2020

Most College Students Struggling With Food Or Housing During The Pandemic, Report Says

The Well News, June 18, 2020

Hope Center releases report on student basic needs insecurity during COVID-19

The Temple News, June 18, 2020

During the Pandemic, 3 in 5 Students Face Food and Housing Insecurity, a New Study Finds

Diverse, June 15, 2020

Report: Students Facing Insecurity, Anxiety Due to Pandemic

Inside Higher Education, June 15, 2020

College Students Are Facing Increased Homelessness and Food Insecurity Since the Coronavirus Closed Campuses

Money, June 15, 2020

Undrafted College Football Players Should Be Allowed to Return to CFB

Unafraid Show. May 10, 2020

Q+A: College Athletes Are Closer to Getting Paid

Drexel news Blog. May 6. 2020

Survey: Nearly A Quarter Of Division I Athletes Face Food Insecurity

Wisconsin Public Radio. May 6, 2020

Episode 5: Food Insecurity and College Athletics

The End of Sport, May 4, 2020

Survey Shows Some College Athletes Facing Homelessness, Food Insecurity

Wisconsin Public Radio, May 1, 2020

Florida lawmaker critical of NCAA compensation plan

WPEC, April 29, 2020

University of Iowa students may soon apply for funds from $16 million CARES Act share

The Daily Iowan, April 28, 2020

Who is eligible for the emergency financial aid grant from the department of education?

Newsweek, April 24, 2020

DeVos excludes DACA recipients, foreign students from grants | Federal News Network

Federal News Network, April 23, 2020

Food, housing insecurity among college athletes

Community College Daily, April 21, 2020

More than a million college students will be shut out of the emergency grant program

Washington Post, April 21, 2020

Pandemic Magnifies All-Too-Real Issue for NCAA Athletes

Sports Illustrated, April 21, 2020

What's the best way to get federal coronavirus aid to college students?

Education Dive, April 20, 2020

Colleges will receive millions in stimulus money, but coronavirus expenses are greater

The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 20, 2020

Can You Teach a Small Seminar From a Distance?

The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 16, 2020

Students Need More Financial Aid Than What They Applied for. A Free New Tool Can Help

EdSurge, April 15, 2020

Community colleges and coronavirus, homeless too - a student voice op-ed

The Hechinger Report, April 13, 2020

CARES Act offers billions to aid college students

University Business Magazine, April 10, 2020

DeVos gives colleges leeway in providing emergency aid to needy students amid the pandemic

Washington Post, April 9, 2020

Women's History Month: Current Leaders in Higher Education | Go College! Now

Go College Now, March 31, 2020

OPINION: Coronavirus crisis spotlights the inequities in college financial aid

The Hechinger Report, March 31, 2020

Rain Checks

Inside Higher Ed, March 25, 2020

'I Could See Everything Just Passing By.' As Colleges Close Amid Coronavirus, Students' Dreams Are Put On Hold — Perhaps Forever.

Time, March 17, 2020

When Colleges Shut Down, Some Students Have Nowhere To Go

NPR, March 17, 2020

Penn ‘left us stranded on the streets’: Vulnerable students are desperate as coronavirus shuts down Philly colleges

The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 17, 2020

The Real Lesson of the College Closures

The Atlantic, March 16, 2020

Low-Income College Kids Are Walking A Knife’s Edge In The Wake Of School Closures

HuffPost, March 12, 2020

How to Close Colleges Without Hurting Vulnerable Students

Washington Post, March 11, 2020

Charities Ramp Up Efforts to Feed People During the Pandemic

Food & Wine, April 3, 2020

A Double Whammy for Student Parents

Inside Higher Ed, March 31, 2020

How coronavirus dramatically changed college for over 14 million students

CNBC, Mar 26, 2020

Four Concerns — and One Cause For Hope — As Coronavirus Closes Community Colleges

EdSurge, Mar 26, 2020

College students struggle to find housing as coronavirus pushes them off campus

Fortune, March 25, 2020

‘It’s just too much to take in’: Why losing commencement at this Dallas HBCU is a very big deal

Dallas News, March 25, 2020

Coronavirus Highlights and Perpetuates Inequities in Our Society

ADL Nevada, March 24, 2020

3 ways community colleges can support students during the coronavirus crisis

Education Dive, March 19, 2020

Wright Edelman: Help through our shared national and world crisis

The Philadelphia Tribune, Mar 24, 2020

Perspective | In dark days, some acts of kindness toward needy college students

Washington Post, March 24, 2020

Tackling Youth Homelessness with Cash During Coronavirus

The Chronicle of Social Change, March 24, 2020

10 Ways College Students Can Navigate the Coronavirus Outbreak

Yahoo Finance, March 23, 2020

Amid coronavirus, acts of generosity restore students’ faith in education

The Hechinger Report, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus, Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: A Running Thread | The Chronicle of Social Change

The Chronicle of Social Change, March 21, 2020

College students, faculty and staff reel from coronavirus shutdowns

American Federation of Teachers, March 20, 2020

Temple’s Hope Center releases recommendations for universities amid COVID-19

The Temple News, March 20, 2020

As UW-Madison campus empties, some students grapple with food, housing insecurity

The Cap Times, Mar 19, 2020

Want To Help Out Your Neighbors During Coronavirus? Here Are The Do's And Don'ts

WGBH NEWS. March 18, 2020

House bill would provide $1.2B to help college students during coronavirus pandemic

Education Dive, March 17, 2020

How to Help Students Affected by COVID-19 | Go College! Now

Go College! Now, March 17, 2020

When Colleges Shut Down, Some Students Have Nowhere To Go

NPR, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus closings: Are colleges helping their foreign, homeless and poor students?

USA TODAY, March 17, 2020

What to Do If Your College Closes Due to the Coronavirus

US News & World Report, March 16, 2020

How the Education Field is Responding: A Roundup of COVID-19 Resources

NCAN, March 16

Closing campuses doesn’t necessarily move vulnerable people out of harm’s way

The Hechinger Report, March 16, 2020

What 'Distance Learning' Looks Like For Students Without Computers Or Wi-Fi

HuffPost, March 13, 2020

The Downsides of Closing Schools and Colleges in a Crisis    - EdSurge News

EdSurge, March 12, 2020

Tears, confusion and financial woes as colleges abruptly end semesters and send students home

The Hechinger Report, March 12, 2020

Coronavirus college closures leave students unsure about housing

Curbed, Mar 11, 2020

When Coronavirus Closes Colleges, Some Students Lose Hot Meals, Health Care, and a Place to Sleep

The Chronicle of Higher Ed, March 11, 2020

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