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Student Basic Needs

The Student Basic Needs Collaborative (SBNC) strategic intent is to promote academic success through a coordinated and compassionate response by Boise State University to address the basic needs of our dynamic student population.

What are Basic Needs

Student basic needs are the essential requirements to live, learn, thrive, and support well-being. Insufficient food and housing undermines postsecondary educational success and increases the likelihood of poor physical and mental health outcomes and has a significant relationship with college completion rates, persistence, and credit attainment.

Food insecurity

is the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food, or the ability to
acquire such food in a socially acceptable manner.

Housing insecurity

includes a broad set of challenges such as the inability to pay rent or utilities, or the need to
move frequently.


means that a person does not have a stable place to live.