The CSU is a national leader in studying the prevalence of food and housing insecurity as well as identifying and implementing solutions to support students’ basic needs. Explore some of the work being done to better understand these problems faced by college students at the CSU and across the country.

The CSU Study

Learn more about the study on housing-displaced and food-insecure students commissioned by CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White.

White Paper

August 2017: Researching Basic Needs in Higher Education
Qualitative and Quantitative Instruments to Explore a Holistic Understanding of Food and Housing Insecurity
By Rashida Crutchfield, Ed.D. and Jennifer Maguire, Ph.D.

More Research

Here is a partial list of research referencing the CSU.


Holistic Support to Address S​tudent Basic Needs​
California Higher Education Basic Needs Alliance (February 2019)

Food Insecurity: Better Information Could Help Eligible College Students Access Federal Food Assistance Benefits
U.S. Government Accountability Office


Homelessness and Housing Insecurity in Higher Education: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Research, Policy, and Practice
Ronald Hallett and Rashida Crutchfield


Campus of Opportunity: A Qualitative Analysis of Homeless Students in Community College
Community College Review


Addressing Housing Insecurity and Living Costs in Higher Education
Wisconsin HOPE LAB

Jumping Through Hoops to Get Financial Aid for College Students Who are Homeless
Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services

The Challenge of Food Insecurity for College Students
Hunger on Campus


Fighting Food Insecurity on Campus
Higher Education Today