Half of community college students struggle to find housing and healthy food.
Community college students have difficulty fulfilling their basic needs.
Roughly half of students at 70 community colleges across the country face housing challenges, like obstacles paying rent or utilities regularly or needing to move frequently, a survey published Wednesday found. About two-in-three students have difficulty regularly accessing healthy food, according to the survey, published by the Wisconsin Hope Lab, a research organization focused on college affordability and the Association of Community College Trustees. And roughly 14% of students are homeless, the study found.
“Despite stereotypes that say college students will choose to party or buy clothes over necessities,” the survey shows that students are choosing to pay for school, even in cases where they can’t afford to have a roof over their heads, said Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education at Temple University and one of the authors of the study. (The survey queried more than 33,000 community college students at 70 schools in 24 states.)