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This report was prepared for the University of Montana by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University.

Invitations to complete the questionnaire were sent by email to approximately 11,600 students from The University of Montana and 977 students participated. Thus, the estimated response rate is 8.5%.

Overall Basic Needs Insecurity Rates:

  • 37% of respondents experienced food insecurity in the prior 30 days
  • 44% of respondents experienced housing insecurity in the previous year
  • 23% of respondents experienced homelessness in the previous year

58% of students at the University of Montana experienced at least one of these forms of basic needs insecurity in the past year.

There is substantial variation in basic needs insecurity across subgroups.

13% of food insecure students utilize SNAP benefits and 3% of homeless students utilize housing benefits.