Resources

The #RealCollege guides, tools and webinars on this page are intended to help colleges and universities, as well as their partners, support students. Most of these are part of our Beyond the Food Pantry series, and they aim to spur change that goes beyond charity.

If you are new to this work, we recommend beginning with “Getting Started Addressing Basic Needs on Campus.” If you are looking for ways to engage faculty, check out “Spreading the Word- Supporting Students’ Basic Needs with a Syllabus Statement” and “Faculty-Run Emergency Aid for Students.” There are also guides to the COVID-19 crisis and those focused on specific efforts including housing partnerships and emergency aid.

If you have an idea for a new guide or tool we could offer, please drop us a note at hopectr@temple.edu Of course, we would also love to hear how these resources affected your practice and helped your work in the #RealCollege movement.

All of our resources are meant to be shared widely. Please use and share them widely.

Beyond the Food Pantry Series

COVID-19 Response for Students Who are Homeless or With Experience in Foster Care
Many students who have experienced homelessness or foster care do not have a strong support system to which they can
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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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Five Considerations for Philanthropists Seeking to Support Students’ Basic Needs
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new focus to the need to support college students’ basic needs to improve their success
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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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Guide to Emergency Grant Aid Distribution
Emergency aid is a critical college retention tool for supporting students who face economic shortfalls that might disrupt their college
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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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Maximizing the Impact of CARES Emergency Aid Funds for Students
Updated April 24, 2020 Through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund created in the CARES Act, the federal government is
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Social Work Case Management
Trauma is a significant mental health phenomenon that should not be confused with the stress of a failed exam or
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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 #RealCollege Students with Caring Enrollment Management and Financial Aid Practices During COVID-19
To help you effectively support students, our team at The Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice offer considerations and
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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 During COVID-19: The #RealCollege Guide
Our primary guide provides support for colleges and universities across the United States and around the world as they scramble
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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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Surviving COVID-19: A #RealCollege Guide for Students
Dear college students, We know this is a time of tremendous stress and uncertainty. Please know that you are not
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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
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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Webinars

Webinar – Addressing Students’ Basic Needs with a Culture of Caring (Course Hero)
At Course Hero’s Education Summit ’20, The Hope Center’s Founding Director Sara Goldrick-Rab discusses the new economics of college, the
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CARES Act Virtual Town Hall
Join us for a virtual town hall on Thursday, August 20th at 2:30 pm EDT to discuss the CARES Act
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ACE Engage Webinar-Basic Needs for All Students
On June 11, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, leader of the #RealCollege movement and best known for her innovative research on food and housing
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#RealCollege During the Pandemic report webinar
The COVID19 pandemic struck American higher education in March 2020. Campuses closed, students lost jobs, and emergency resources fell far
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Join the Hope Center for an info and sign up session for our new project: Emergency Aid During the Pandemic
The Hope Center is embarking on a new project to advance understanding and evidence for effective and equitable distribution of
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#RealCollege During the Pandemic from the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice
Join Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, Dr. Frank Harris III, and Dr. Suzanna Martinez for a special webinar discussing this new report
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Webinar-Supporting Ohio’s Community College Students during COVID-19
Join the OACC Success Center for a one-hour webinar facilitated by national expert, Sara Goldrick-Rab, founder of the Hope Center
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Parenting Student Webinar
The Hope Center and Generation Hope joined forces for a special webinar on parenting students. Learn from new #RealCollege findings
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Watch Soledad O’Brien and Sara Goldrick-Rab discussing Hungry to Learn
Revisit the live conversation between Soledad and Sara Goldrick-Rab about Hungry to Learn
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Webinar with the National Governors Association on Addressing College Students’ Basic Needs: Housing And Food Insecurity
Many college students across the nation experience food and housing insecurity. This webinar is part of a series providing technical
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Webinar-How To Fundraise for Emergency Aid
Emergency aid is a critical support for #RealCollege students, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. The federal CARES money is a
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Webinar on the new Swift Student financial aid appeal resource
SwiftStudent is the only free, digital resource that helps students write college financial aid appeal letters. The tool launched on
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Webinar on meeting Philadelphia student’s basic needs and keeping them enrolled during COVID-19
Students at Philadelphia colleges and universities need our support during the COVID-19 pandemic. As experts on the daily crises that
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Webinar-Meeting Student’s Basic Needs and Keeping them Enrolled During COVID-19
This webinar, created for a national audience, provides an overview of the support students will need to remain enrolled and
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Additional Resources

Lumina Beyond Financial Aid Toolkit
Colleges can do more to boost success among students from low-income households. The Beyond Financial Aid toolkit includes advice to
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“Hungry to Learn” available for free on Yahoo
After years of being ignored, students experiencing food insecurity are finally taken seriously in Soledad O’Brien’s important new documentary Hungry to
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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.

America Sabotaged the Solution to Its New Higher-Education Crisis
May 22, 2020. The Atlantic. Community colleges are our second-chance #RealCollege institutions to recover from the pandemic! Read this piece
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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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Teaching the Students We Have, Not the Students We Wish We Had
Appears in: Chronicle of Higher Education Sara Goldrick-Rab and Jesse Stommel December 10, 2018 “College has become the place America
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Why Did It Take a Celebrity Scandal to Talk Absurd College Costs
Appears in: The Philadelphia Inquirer Sara Goldrick-Rab and Abigail Seldin, for the Inquirer March 14, 2019 “The new admissions scandal
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