Connecticut Families Extra: Studying on an empty stomach

Connecticut Families

You can help get your teen into college, but when are they too hungry to learn?

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has found that food insecurity is a growing problem among low-income college students. Now, a study looks at what else is at play if students are studying while hungry.

Books, tuition, and housing. There’s a lot to pay for when your teen heads to college. A study out of the University of Florida found that nineteen percent of students from eight states are food insecure, and an additional 25 percent are at risk of becoming food insecure.

The researchers found food-insecure freshmen had higher perceived stress, disordered or dysfunctional eating behaviors, lower sleep quality, and a lower GPA than food-secure freshmen.

Food-insecure students or students at risk for food insecurity can see if their college offers a food pantry. They may also be eligible for government assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.

The study also found that students who lived off-campus received a Pell Grant or were not enrolled in a meal plan were significantly more likely to be food-insecure than their counterparts.

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