Resources

We know that a lot of you are out there doing #RealCollege work without much support and that this work is hard, so we want to help support you. Being an action research center means that we try to go beyond discovering problems and suggesting policy ideas. We always want our work at The Hope Center to go beyond research and into practical help and solutions for the staff and faculty who work tirelessly to support #RealCollege students every day. We do our very best to come up with practical solutions to help with the challenges we face in the system as it is, while we do everything we can to fix it for the future.

On this page you will find guides, tools and suggestions ranging from how to get started doing #RealCollege work at your institution; how to go about assessing basic needs insecurity of your students, and ways to support benefits access for students. These include things from the very simple; with our guide to using a syllabus statement to help spread awareness about basic needs supports; to how to run emergency aid programs, provide benefits access help; even how to start assessing food and housing insecurity on your campus.

Beyond the Food Pantry Series

Faculty-Run Emergency Aid for Students
May 2019 Clare Cady, Edward Conroy, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Michael Rosen Today’s students need more support than they receive. Thanks to
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Getting Started Addressing Basic Needs on Campus
December 2019 High school graduates are heading to college in smaller numbers and the completion rates of those who do
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Lowering College Students’ Bills with Energy Assistance Programs
November 2019 For the nearly 85% of college students who live off campus, rent and utilities are major costs that
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Spreading the Word- Supporting Students’ Basic Needs with a Syllabus Statement
June 2019 Sharing information about supports for students’ basic needs on course syllabi is an inexpensive, efficient, and effective way
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Supporting Community College Students with Affordable Housing Vouchers
Given demonstrably high rates of housing insecurity and homelessness among the nation’s community college students, innovative public housing authorities have
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Supporting Students with Access to SNAP
March 2019 Hope Center and MAZON The U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that 57% of students who are likely food
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Other Guides and Tools

Amarillo College’s “No Excuses” Poverty Initiative: A Strategy Guide
May 2019 Clare Cady, Cara Crowley, Sara Goldrick-Rab Through data-supported intentional actions, Amarillo College (AC) is dedicating itself to addressing
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Annotated Bibliography of Research on Campus Food and Housing Insecurity
December 2018 From experiences to interviews with students enduring food insecurity to survey results, this document is a #RealCollege collection
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Guide to Assessing Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education
The Hope Center, in continuing the mission of the #RealCollege movement, wants to give institutions the tools to assess the
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Guide to Assessing Basic Needs Insecurity in Higher Education
Fall 2019 Christine Baker-Smith, Vanessa Coca, Elizabeth Looker, Sara Goldrick-Rab Basic needs security is a critical component of collegiate success,
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Guide to Distributing Emergency Aid to College Students: Recommendations and Sample Distribution Protocol
Emergency aid is a critical resource for students facing economic shortfalls that can disrupt their education. In more than a
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Additional Resources

Educational Distribution of “Hungry to Learn”
Director Geeta Gandbhir and executive producer Soledad O’Brien’s poignant film follows four college students as they navigate food insecurity in
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Commentary

The Hope Center is proud to be leading the way for the #RealCollege movement. This selection of our commentary pieces featured in major publications showcases our commitment to helping real college students and to continue our action oriented approach until all students can complete a college degree.

Rethinking State Support for Higher Ed
Concerns among policy makers and the public are mounting over reductions in state spending on public higher education
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Hungry, Homeless and in College
A look at the struggles of homeless and food insecure students, and the bigger implications on dropout rates to the
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The Hidden Hunger Problem on Campus
Why it’s time to expand the National School Lunch Program to college.
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Should Anyone Be Eligible for Student Loans?
Supporters of ready access to loans say lenders shouldn’t get to pick who gets an education. Critics say we end
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Here’s Another Reason Why Many Community College Students Do Not Get Their Degree
The growth of community colleges in the U.S. has improved access to higher education tremendously, especially for students from low-income
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In the Darkness, Unassisted.
Last fall, we set out to investigate the mental health conditions of students at America’s community colleges. We conducted an
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This is #RealCollege: Some Students Struggle to Pay for Food, Housing
Every year about three in 10 college students leave college without a degree.
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To Cut Costs, College Students are Going Hungry
This is not just an issue of unaffordable debt and no degree. The nation’s economy is at risk as well.
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Less Paperwork, More College
These days most attention is being paid to how much college costs, but there are other broken parts of the
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What Colleges Can Do Right Now to Help Low-Income Students Succeed
In an effort to better understand why some students from low-income families, for whom the grants are intended, finish college
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It’s Hard to Study if You’re Hungry
Appears in: The New York Times Sara Goldrick-RabJanuary 14, 2018 This opinion piece from Sara Goldrick-Rab examines measures being taken
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Should College Education Be Free?
Appears in: The Wall Street Journal Sara Goldrick-RabJanuary 14, 2018 Rising tuition prices at colleges and universities and the relentless
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1 in 10 College Students in Massachusetts are Homeless. More are Hungry. It’s Past Time We Recognize Their Reality
Appears in WBUR Pam Eddinger and Sara Goldrick-RabMay 17, 2018 Thousands of undergraduates, some low-income and others from middle-class families
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Why Free Community College is Right for New Jersey
Appears in: NJ Spotlight Sara Goldrick-Rab May 22, 2018 When they were growing up and entering the job market, many
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What’s the Biggest Challenge for Colleges and Universities
Appears in: The New York Times Sara Goldrick-RabJune 5, 2018 A collection of commentaries from various thought leaders, including our
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We Can’t Afford to Price Middle-Class Families Out of College
Appears in: The Biden Forum Sara Goldrick-Rab November 14, 2019 “Unfortunately, while the new economics of college affects nearly everyone, the
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