We know all too well: Plenty of Connecticut families are one emergency away from loss of housing or are forced to cut back on food to afford other necessities. But did you know, while previously rare, this is also reality for a large number of college students?
Chowing down in the dining hall and then hitting the books back at the dorm is no longer a given. A survey of 43, 0000 college students conducted by Temple University and the Wisconsin HOPE Lab found that 36 percent — at both two- and four-year colleges — have faced food and housing insecurity in the past year.
For this group of students, having to skip a meal or crash on someone’s couch is only part of the difficulties they face. Basic needs insecurities are associated with poor academic outcomes. For example, researchers report that food insecurity is correlated with lower grades; and housing insecurity has a strong relationship with completion, persistence and credit attainment.