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

An estimated half of all college students struggle with basic needs insecurity, but many colleges and universities do not have
This project expands on the case study Funded by the Trellis Foundation focuses on Amarillo College’s Advocacy & Resource Center.
On-campus provision of public benefits, emergency aid, and related services is a promising approach to support college students on the
Many students from low- and moderate-income families start college with an interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields;

Reports

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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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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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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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This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2019 at seven tribal colleges and
AACRAO partnered with The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University on the March 2020 survey. The
Meal voucher initiatives seek to provide students facing food insecurity with access to free meals from their college cafeteria. Some
This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2018and 2019 at 28 of the
This report describes the results of the #RealCollege survey administered in the fall of 2019 at 28 out of the
Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among
Five years after it began, the #RealCollege Survey has now reached more than 330,000 students at more than 400 colleges
Now in its fifth year, the #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest, longest-running annual assessment of basic needs security among
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 are an increasingly popular practice in higher education, but there is not yet any rigorous evidence that they
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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
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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The #RealCollege survey is the nation’s largest annual assessment of basic needs security among college students. The survey, which specifically

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