21% of community-college students and 13% of four-year college students had a rent increase that made their housing costs difficult to pay.
Eighteen percent of community college students and 10% of four-year college students were unable to pay their rent in full.
Eleven percent of community college students and 7% of four-year college students lived in overcrowded living arrangements.
Seven percent of community college students and 6% of 4-year college students did not know where they would sleep for at least one night during the past year.
Twenty-two percent of community college students and 16% of 4-year college students were both food and housing insecure.
Housing insecurity can lead to food insecurity:
when housing costs increase,
students have less money to spend on food or they may move to less expensive neighborhoods with fewer available food options.
Female, non-heterosexual, black, Hispanic, and Native American students were more likely to experience food or housing insecurity than male, heterosexual, and white students.
The report recommends that students become advocates for changing policy. A national, student led organization, Young Invincibles, is examining how SNAP benefits are under-utilized by students. Students are showing leadership by testifying at the state and federal level and calling for changes that will address food insecurity.