Food & Housing
60% of college students experience food insecurity, housing insecurity, or homelessness every year.
A survey of nearly 200,000 students taken in 2020 by The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice found that homelessness affected 14% of college students in both two-year and four-year institutions. The number who said they had experienced housing insecurity, such as difficulty paying rent, was much higher, at 52%, among those attending two-year schools, and at 43% for those enrolled in four-year institutions.
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EGD's Support Service Coordinators
help students with:
Filing FAFSA | Financial Aid | Job Loss & Emergency Job Hunting | Locating Pantries, Soup Kitchens, or Discounts | Locating Emergency Housing | Applying for Unemployment Insurance, SNAP, or Other Government Services | Applying for Loans and Paying Collection Agencies
A higher proportion of college students are from households with incomes at or below the poverty line than were in the past.
The purchasing power of the Pell grant, a federal grant for lower-income students, has fallen over time.
There is less money to spend on student support programs. States have cut $9 billion from higher education in the last 10 years alone.
College is more expensive now than in the past.
Coupled with rising college prices, students must work nearly full-time to afford full-time community college .
In addition, all of our IRL major events serve food free of charge.
Students are also able to store items at our office in case of emergency eviction or relocation.