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April 20, 2016

More Tex. Students Rely on Food Banks as College Costs Spike

Mirroring a national trend, at least 14 Texas colleges and universities have installed food pantries on campus to meet a growing demand among low-income students, The Texas Tribune writes. Institutions opening donor-funded, student- and volunteer-staffed food banks range in size from community colleges to large public universities like Texas Tech, which started one last month.

Campus officials pin the rising demand on spiking tuition and fees — college costs in the state have risen 95 percent since 2004, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board — and a growing number of students from low-income families, who often receive tuition aid but have little financial cushion to pay for food and other living expenses.