College Students Across Country Struggling to Afford Food, Says New Report

Thursday, January 10, 2019

 

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College students across the country are struggling to afford food.

A new report released from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) shows that college students across the country are struggling to afford food and nutrition. The report finds, "despite this federal support, many low-income college students struggle to meet their basic needs, including obtaining the food that they need, and may drop out of college as a result. SNAP can be an important source of support for low-income students, although it may not completely ameliorate food insecurity."

Read the Report Here

The report was conducted after a request from U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Patty Murray, Debbie Stabenow and Ed Markey in February of 2017.

"No student should have to decide whether or not they will eat that day or go hungry while they work hard towards a better future. This GAO report is not only the first-ever federal report on hunger at American colleges and universities, but is also an important step towards ensuring students have what they need to succeed,” said Warren.

The report reviewed 31 local studies from around the country.

Markey added, "Students don't go to college to learn how to go hungry. In Massachusetts and across the country, food insecurity on college campuses is a serious problem. This report highlights solutions that will help eligible students with clear explanations of and instructions for receiving SNAP benefits. I am hopeful about the progress we can make by implementing these recommendations, and look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate to further support our students."

The Report

The report confirms that food insecurity is a widespread issue and recommends the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) take steps to help enroll potentially eligible students in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

GAO noted that first-generation college students or students who are raising children as a single parent are especially at risk of food insecurity.

GAO determined that students aren't getting the information they need about SNAP benefits from the federal government and that the majority of potentially eligible students are not receiving benefits, totaling more than 1.8 million students nationwide.

Many students aren't able to receive SNAP benefits because of state or federal eligibility requirements.

To fill those gaps, GAO finds that states and colleges are working to coordinate benefits access, research student needs, and expand eligibility rules where possible.

 

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2.

Harvard University

Tuition & Fees: $50,420 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $17,160 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 20,604

Application Deadline: Jan. 1

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3.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $51,832 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $15,510 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 11,466

Application Deadline: Jan. 1

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3.

Yale University (tie) 

Tuition & Fees: $53,430 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $16,000 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 12,974

Application Deadline: Jan. 1

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12.

Dartmouth College (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $55,035 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $15,756 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 6,509

Application Deadline: Jan. 1

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14.

Brown University (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $55,656 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $14,670 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 10,095

Application Deadline: Jan. 1

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27.

Tufts University (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $56,382 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $14,560 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 11,449

Application Deadline: Jan. 1

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35.

Brandeis University (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $55,395 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $15,440 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 5,722

Application Deadline: Jan. 1

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38.

Boston College (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $55,464 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $14,478 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 13,996

Application Deadline: Jan. 1

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42.

Boston University (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $53,948 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $15,720 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 33,355

Application Deadline: Jan. 2

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44.

Northeastern University (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $51,387 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $16,880 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 21,489

Application Deadline: Jan. 1

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59.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $50,530 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $14,774 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 6,642

Application Deadline: Feb 1

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63.

University of Connecticut (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $15,730 (2018-19)

Out of State Tuition: $38,098 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $12,874 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 27,578

Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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66.

Clark University (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $45,730 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $9,170 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 3,153

Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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University of Massachusetts Amherst (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $15,887 (2018-19)

Out Of State Tuition: $34,570 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $13,202 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 30,340

Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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University of Vermont (tie)

Tuition & Fees: $18,276 (2018-19)

Out of State Tuition: $42,516 (2018-19)

Room And Board: $12,462 (2018-19)

Total Enrollment: 13,340

Application Deadline: Jan. 15

 
 

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