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ERIC Number: EJ1094152
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-1383
The Dark Side of College (Un)affordability: Food and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education
Broton, Katharine; Goldrick-Rab, Sara
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, v48 n1 p16-25 2016
Some students from low-income families are unable to pay their college costs without experiencing material hardship. What they do to make ends meet (e.g., go hungry and homeless) inhibits learning and discourages persistence. Strategic college leaders are investigating the needs of their students and drawing on the strengths of their institutions and those of their communities to meet those challenges: (1) by changing school policies and financial due dates; (2) creating short-term interest-free loan programs at the beginning of the school year; (3) hiring counselors with social-work backgrounds; (4) working with local food banks and housing authorities; and (5) offering free tax-preparation services. Good results for students and families are received when institutions collaborate with non-profit organizations such as the "College and University Food Bank Alliance," "Single Stop," and the "Center for Working Families" to help students access existing social-safety-net resources. Also helpful are changes to federal and state policies that increase access to food stamps or extend the school lunch program to college students with financial needs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hawaii; New York; Washington; Wisconsin
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