Teaching Strategies

Financial Insecurity and Basic Needs

Sample #1

All of the materials for this course are available on course reserves at the library. Please speak to me if accessing any of these texts is a financial hardship for you. 

[Note to instructors: University Libraries has a resource on affordable course materials if you’d like to learn more about your options for lowering financial barriers in your course.]

Sample #2

I understand that the majority of college students experience some type of financial insecurity at some point—from confusion about debt or financial aid to lack of steady income to housing insecurity—and that these stresses can impact their lives on campus. Students do not need to navigate these challenges on their own. Students who are feeling overwhelmed or confused about their financial situations can connect with the Student Financial Aid Office, the Montserrat Office or Student Outreach or Support Services to talk through available support options. (adapted from Central Michigan University

Sample #3

We learn as whole people. To learn effectively you must have basic security: a roof over your head, a safe place to sleep, enough food to eat. If you’re having trouble with any of those things, please talk with me or with the Student Financial Aid Office, the Montserrat Office or Student Outreach or Support Services. Together we can work to make sure those needs are met. (adapted from Yvonne Seale, SUNY-Geneseo, cited by Sara Goldrick-Rab)

Sample #4

Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Student Financial Aid Office, the Montserrat Office or Student Outreach or Support Services. If you’re comfortable doing so, please also let me know so that I can provide any resources I may possess. (adapted from Sara Goldrick-Rab)