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.


Projects from The Hope Center

“Real Price of College”
Widespread confusion over college prices makes it hard for students to earn college degrees.  To help colleges better reveal and
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#RealCollege Research Collaborative
#RealCollege students are the new majority – they come from economically challenged working and middle-class families, face substantial living expenses,
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#RealCollegePHL
Basic needs insecurity is keeping students across the Philadelphia region from obtaining college degrees. #RealCollegePHL aims to address basic needs
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Advancing Transportation Solutions for Community College Students
Transportation is a significant barrier facing #RealCollege students. This project will build a rigorous body of evidence on the efficacy
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College Housing Assistance Program
Can government subsidized housing vouchers and property-based subsidies improve the college completion prospects for community college students? This rigorous evaluation
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Evaluating Completion Grants
  A nearly $4 million Department of Education (ED) grant is enabling the Hope Center to collaborate with the Association of
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Fighting Poverty with a Culture of Caring
Ten years ago, a mid-sized community college located in the Texas Panhandle sought to help its students struggling with poverty
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Food Scholarships in Houston
Can “Food Scholarships” – allocations of groceries to undergraduates- reduce food insecurity, improve financial wellbeing, and boost academic achievement? This
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Meal Vouchers to Address Food Insecurity
Can a campus meal program reduce food insecurity, promote well-being, and improve academic outcomes? Building on the success and lessons
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National Evaluation of Swipe Out Hunger
Can a campus meal share program reduce food insecurity and improve academic outcomes? This evaluation of a nonprofit program established
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New Projects to Fight Basic Needs Insecurity Among #RealCollege Students
With support from Arnold Ventures, we are launching a new partnership with two nonprofits to address food and housing insecurity on
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Nonprofits Fighting Basic Needs Insecurity
With support from Arnold Ventures, the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice is collaborating with two nonprofits to address food
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Southern Scholarship Foundation Housing Initiative
Community organizations and colleges are searching for effective strategies to ensure that every student has a safe and secure place
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Starfish Project Hope
An estimated half of all college students struggle with basic needs insecurity, but many colleges and universities do not have
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The Efficacy of On-Campus Benefits Hubs
On-campus provision of public benefits, emergency aid, and related services is a promising approach to support college students on the
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Reports

The State of Food Security at CUNY in 2020: An Assessment and Recommendations
CUNY provides tens of thousands of New Yorkers with the lifelong benefits of a college degree. For too many students,
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Parenting While In College: Basic Needs Insecurity Among Students With Children
At least one in five of today’s college students is parenting a child while enrolled in classes. If these parenting...
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Food and Housing Insecurity Among Philadelphia College Students: A #RealCollegePHL Report
Securing the basic needs of Philadelphia undergraduates is crucial to the city’s efforts to boost college attainment, promote economic well-being,
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Hungry to Win: A First Look at Food and Housing Insecurity Among Student-Athletes
Student-athletes compete in school and on the field. They are often full-time students and full-time athletes, making it challenging...
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Tribal Colleges and Universities #RealCollege Survey Report
This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2019 at seven tribal colleges and
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AACRAO March 2020 Student Basic Needs Report
AACRAO partnered with The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University on the March 2020 survey. The
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Fueling success: An experimental evaluation of a community college meal voucher program
Meal voucher initiatives seek to provide students facing food insecurity with access to free meals from their college cafeteria. Some
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Minnesota State Colleges and Universities #RealCollege Survey Report
This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2018and 2019 at 28 of the
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Washington State Community and Technical Colleges #RealCollege Survey
This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2019 at 28 out of the
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New Jersey Community Colleges #RealCollege Survey Report
Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among
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#RealCollege 2020: Five Years of Evidence on Basic Needs Insecurity
5 years after it began, the #RealCollege survey has now reached more than 330,000 students at more than 400 colleges
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Oregon Community Colleges #RealCollege Survey Report
Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among
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Houston Food Scholarship Program Report
Houston Community College (HCC) is one of the nation’s largest community college districts, educating more than 100,000 students each year. 
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Completion Grants: A College Affordability Innovation Worthy of Public Investment?
Completion grants are an increasingly popular practice in higher education, but there is not yet any rigorous evidence that they
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2018 #RealCollege Survey Report: Denver
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
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New National Evidence on the Efficacy of Nudging College Students
With support from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences, the Hope Center has released a new national
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