The Hope Center at Temple University is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from Lumina Foundation to create and advance federal policy solutions that support students’ basic needs in higher education. Through spring 2025, The Hope Center will provide educational outreach and technical assistance to policymakers to craft interventions that help students access the financial and non-tuition resources they need to obtain a college degree or credential.
Students need food, housing, child care, health care, transportation, technology, and other essentials to succeed. Yet federal data reveal that 4.3 million students in higher education experience food insecurity, and 1.5 million experience homelessness, which reduces attainment, negatively impacts our workforce, and impedes racial and economic justice. Data from The Hope Center also show that there are significant racial disparities in student basic needs security and that parenting students struggle at exceptionally high rates.
Federal financial aid and competitive grant programs that support basic needs are crucial tools to help students and families afford the cost of college and meet their non-tuition expenses. This grant will facilitate potential enhancements and reforms to these policy levers.
“We are in the middle of momentous change in federal policy, stemming from the most significant overhaul of financial aid since the Reagan era and growing interest among lawmakers to help students with their basic needs,” said The Hope Center’s Senior Director of Policy & Advocacy, Bryce McKibben. “That’s why we are very excited to continue our partnership with Lumina Foundation to explore how federal and national policy can advance systemic and equitable solutions—not just temporary fixes—to the crisis of student basic needs insecurity.”