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April 03, 2018

A new study out today finds over a third of college students have been hungry in the past year, and a small percent were homeless.

The survey, conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's HOPE Lab, shows 36 percent of university students and 42 percent of community college students were food-insecure in the past 30 days and 9 percent of university students were homeless.

The study surveyed 43,000 students at 66 community colleges and universities in 20 states. For the first time, researchers also looked at five private colleges, including George Washington University in D.C. It's a small sample, but researchers say it's the best snapshot we have so far.

“Other studies have focused on single systems of higher education within states, or draw on household surveys to look only at food insecurity," said Sara Goldrick-Rab, who conducted the research. "But food and housing insecurity and homelessness are overlapping issues that are best understood together. Until we do so, we can’t formulate lasting and effective solutions to promote degree completion.”

Read the full report here.

Related: The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs

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