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

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Expanding the National School Lunch Program to Higher Education
In the early 20th century, communities and philanthropists came together to provide lunch to hungry school children. Some recognized that
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Too Distressed to Learn?
A new study at 10 community colleges across the nation reveals that half of the more than 4,000 community college
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Is Community College Already Free?
College prices are at the forefront of national concern and proposals to make public higher education free are gathering steam.
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Hungry to Learn: Addressing Food and Housing Insecurity Among Undergraduates
According to a new survey of more than 4,000 undergraduates at 10 community colleges across the nation, half of all
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Investing in Student Completion
The rising price of a college education often leaves students strapped for cash and without the financial resources necessary to
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Costs and Productivity in Public Higher Education
In October 2015, The Wisconsin HOPE Lab hosted a two-day convening on the “costs of college,” with the goal of
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Request to Add Measurement of Food Insecurity to the National Postsecondary Aid Study
The Wisconsin HOPE Lab and the American Council on Education Center for Policy Research and Strategy strongly urge the Technical
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Equity and Reasonable Costs in Public Higher Education
Higher education financing is receiving historic levels of attention. Parents and students gather around kitchen tables struggling to put together
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Single Stop USA’s Community College Initiative
Single Stop USA, a national not-for-profit, endeavors to help financially vulnerable families around the nation gain economic security by connecting
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Clearing the Path to a Brighter Future
Over the past 100 years, community colleges have evolved to become the largest sector of higher education, representing over 8
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Redefining College Affordability
For almost fifty years, the federal government has tried to make the American Dream universally accessible by using need-based financial
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Pell Grants are America’s Investment in Needy Yet Promising College Students – Why Not Tell Them?
When millions of American soldiers returned home from World War II, a nation grateful for their service greeted them with
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A Federal Agenda for Promoting Student Success and Degree Completion
Nearly every child in America hopes to become a college graduate. Her ambitions are at least partly realistic—rates of high
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