Not Just Books And Tuition: For College Students, Lack Of Affordable Housing Is A Big Issue
October 8, 2018

Not Just Books And Tuition: For College Students, Lack Of Affordable Housing
Is A Big Issue

Find out more about the need for affordable student housing at Bisnow's Annual Student Housing West Dec. 6.

Ten years ago, Temple University Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology Sara Goldrick-Rab was conducting a series of interviews asking students about some of the pressing issues they were facing on college campuses.

She and her team thought it was just going to be a survey on the need for more financial aid and gripes about the cost of books and high tuition, but they uncovered something much more concerning. During the interviews, Goldrick-Rab found that several university and community college students were facing severe housing insecurity and homelessness.

“The trouble they were having was not tuition and books, it was they didn't have enough to eat and they didn't have a safe place to live,” Goldrick-Rab said. “This was just in Wisconsin and later we started going out…

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