Basic Needs Insecurity
The refers to students who may lack reliable access to basic needs as defined by Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. This also includes critical needs such as medical support and transportation.
To successfully grow emergency aid at any institution — and to strengthen the community of practice around urgent support for students facing an unexpected financial crisis — institutions need a common language for key concepts. Consistent messaging and a shared understanding of key concepts about emergency aid will help grow and strengthen the field. This consistency and common language will also help inform policymakers, donors, institution and community stakeholders, and students about the benefits of emergency aid and the ways it can contribute to student success. As the conversation is ongoing, this collection of key terms and fundamental questions will grow to reflect the current state of the emergency aid community as it evolves.