#RealCollege 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity Among Colorado Community College System Students During the Ongoing Pandemic

#RealCollege 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity Among Colorado Community College System Students During the Ongoing Pandemic

Fall 2020 was an unprecedented time for colleges and universities in Colorado as the state continued to deal with the effects of the pandemic. By mid-September, just weeks into the new term, the state Department of Public Health and Environment had reported a dozen active coronavirus outbreaks linked to colleges and universities. Students forced to quarantine on campuses or required to learn remotely throughout the semester all faced a variety of unique challenges.

This report sheds a light on how students attending community colleges in Colorado met those challenges. Specifically, we present #RealCollege Survey results from the Colorado Community College System’s 13 colleges, all of which fielded survey in fall 2020. In total, more than 9,000 students participated, with a response rate of 18.5%. As the repercussions of the pandemic linger, there is an urgent call for basic needs resources for students in the Colorado Community College System, and across the country.

Topics covered include:

  • Impacts of the pandemic on:
    • Students’ health, employment, and well-being
    • Parenting students’ childcare demands
  • Students’ basic needs security
  • Utilization of public and campus supports, including SNAP and emergency aid
  • Disparities in students’ needs and access to supports