The Hope Center

Projects

Our projects are partnerships with colleges and universities, community organizations, and policymakers. They all seek to address challenges of life, logistics, and finances for #RealCollege™ students.

#RealCollege™ Survey

The #RealCollege™ survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs insecurity among college students. Since 2015, we have offered reports for all participating institutions and systems, and issued a national report. To date, more than 400 colleges and universities have participated, and more than 330,000 students have responded to share their realities.

Dallas College Text Campaign Launched

The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice and its partners have launched a federally-funded texting messaging study designed to assess whether students achieve greater academic success when provided with information about emergency aid, food and housing support during the pandemic.


Projects from The Hope Center

Widespread confusion over college prices makes it hard for students to earn college degrees.  To help colleges better reveal and
January 2022 PHILADELPHIA - The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is propelling the work of the #RealCollege™ Movement
Basic needs insecurity is keeping students across the Philadelphia region from obtaining college degrees. #RealCollege™ PHL aims to address basic
#RealCollege™ students are the new majority – they come from economically challenged working and middle-class families, face substantial living expenses,
The #RealCollege™ Texas Policy Initiative is a project to identify state policy and systems changes that will reduce basic needs
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Transportation is a significant barrier facing #RealCollege™ students. In 2020–21, the average commuter student could expect to spend nearly one-fifth
November 16, 2020 Today, researchers at The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice released a new report summarizing the
California has made significant strides in expanding eligibility and access to public support programs to reduce basic needs insecurity among
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Emergency aid is a responsive and flexible tool being implemented at institutions of higher education throughout the nation. This spring,
  A nearly $4 million Department of Education (ED) grant is enabling The Hope Center to collaborate with the Association of
This formative evaluation of the “Dallas Promise Network” evaluates institutional changes at Dallas College intended to support all students. In
Ten years ago, a mid-sized community college located in the Texas Panhandle sought to help its students struggling with poverty
Can “Food Scholarships” – allocations of groceries to undergraduates- reduce food insecurity, improve financial wellbeing, and boost academic achievement? This
The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice and its partners have launched a federally-funded texting messaging study designed to
The Hope Center worked with The League of Innovation in the Community College over the last two years to support
Can a campus meal program reduce food insecurity, promote well-being, and improve academic outcomes? Building on the success and lessons

Reports

Many college students do their best to get a degree, but struggle to make ends meet in the process...
Before the pandemic, millions of college students eligible for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) did not access the benefit...
Roughly one-in-five college students provide primary care to at least one child while pursuing a higher education credential. Parenting students...
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) were established primarily in the post-Civil War era to meet the educational needs of...
When the pandemic devastated communities and college campuses, colleges and universities faced an emergency. For the first time in history...
For decades, complicated financial aid formulas and variable sticker prices have made it difficult for students to understand the real...
Even after decades of improvement efforts, completion rates at community colleges remain low, particularly among students who need developmental education...
In 2020, Philadelphians without a high school diploma were twice as likely as those with college degrees to have problems...
For many students, transportation presents a barrier to college completion. In 2020–21, the average commuter student could expect to spend
Entering fall 2020, the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) was grappling with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic...
One in five community college students experience homelessness. The College Housing Assistance Program (CHAP), operated by the Tacoma Housing Authority...
Fall 2020 was an unprecedented time for colleges and universities in Colorado as the state continued to deal with the...
Fall 2020 was an extraordinary time for colleges and universities in Hawai‘i as the state continued to deal with the...
Fall 2020 was an extraordinary time for colleges in San Diego as the city continued to deal with the effects...
Entering fall 2020, colleges in Virginia grappled with the effects of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Individual campuses contended with how
Philadelphia-area colleges and universities were reeling from the coronavirus pandemic as they entered fall 2020. Mirroring national trends, enrollment was

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