The Hope Center

(OLD) Hope Center Response to #COVID19 For #RealCollege Students

The COVID-19 pandemic has particularly acute implications for #RealCollege students and the institutions they attend. They are deeply affected by wealth inequality, economic insecurity, and basic needs insecurity that existed before the crisis. Read more about how The Hope Center is supporting #RealCollege students during this national crisis.

If you find these resources useful and you’d like to support our outreach efforts during this time, please consider a donation to our nonprofit partner Believe in Students or to support our research give directly to the Hope Center. We also urge you to support students via the COVID-19 Student Emergency Aid Initiative.

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(July 30) #RealCollege call to Congress to halt the SNAP student work requirement

(July 8) #RealCollege Statement on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Decision

(June 1) #RealCollege Statement on Police Killings

(April 21) U.S. Department of Education Policy Reversal on Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students Harms #RealCollege Students

(April 13) Failure to Amend SNAP Eligibility Requirements Hurts #RealCollege Students

(April 8) #RealCollege Recommendations to the U.S. Department of Education Regarding the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

(April 6) #RealCollege Recommendations to Congress Regarding the Fourth COVID-19 Stimulus Bill

Guides and Webinars

For #RealCollege Students

Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students and accompanying infographic

Supporting #RealCollegeStudents During COVID-19 Interview

Fixing Higher Education’s Inequities in a Time of Crisis

For #RealCollege institutions of higher education

Webinar – Addressing Students’ Basic Needs with a Culture of Caring (Course Hero)

The Place Makers Podcast by MSC U

America Sabotaged the Solution to Its New Higher-Education Crisis

Webinar-Basic Needs for All Students (ACE Engage)

Webinar-#RealCollege During the Pandemic report

New Report: #RealCollege During the Pandemic

Webinar-Supporting Ohio’s Community College Students during COVID-19

Webinar with the National Governors Association on Addressing College Students’ Basic Needs: Housing And Food Insecurity (featuring Sara Goldrick-Rab)

Webinar-How To Fundraise for Emergency Aid

Webinar-Introducing the SwiftStudent Financial Aid Appeal Resource

Maximizing the Impact of CARES Emergency Aid Funds for Students

Guide to Emergency Grant Aid Distribution

Supporting Students During COVID-19: The #RealCollege Guide

Webinar-Meeting Student’s Basic Needs and Keeping Them Enrolled During COVID-19 (National webinar featuring Sara Goldrick-Rab)

Supporting #RealCollege Students with Caring Enrollment Management and Financial Aid Practices During COVID-19

COVID-19 Response for Students Who are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care

Webinar on Meeting Philadelphia student’s basic needs and keeping them enrolled during COVID-19 (Philadelphia-centered information featuring Hope Center staff)

University Innovation Alliance Interview with Sara Goldrick-Rab on COVID-19

For Philanthropists

Five Considerations for Philanthropists Seeking to Support Students’ Basic Needs

Policy Guidance

Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery & Resilience in Communities Across America

Resourcing the Part-Time Student: Rethinking the Use of FTEs in Higher Education Budgets

The #RealCollege Student Implications of The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)

In the News

Faculty fund grows to help college students in need

American Federation of Teachers, Mar. 25, 2021

Student loan forgiveness becomes tax-free under COVID relief bill

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mar. 14, 2021

Born to the Internet, Grew Up Fast in a Pandemic

The New York Times, Aug. 24, 2020

How Does the Pandemic Affect U.S. College Students?
Amanpour & Company, PBS, April 1, 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, June15, 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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