Equity Made Real: Promising Strategies for Addressing College Student Basic Needs

Last Updated Oct 30, 2020

As gaps between the cost of college and available financial aid continue to soar, an increasing number of college students are struggling to cover the costs of basic necessities such as food, housing and transportation. Local studies have made it plain that these challenges are particularly acute in California and that basic needs insecurity and issues of equity are inextricably intertwined. 

Through a series of interviews with staff from ten community college basic needs centers and other stakeholders, this report outlines a series of promising practices that can be replicated by other institutions to strengthen support as well as policy changes that are likely to help reduce student basic needs insecurity in California.