US students made to choose between paying for food, school

Students on campus at the American University in Washington, D.C., US on Sept 13, 2021. (DEE DWYER / BLOOMBERG)

Nearly 80 percent of US college students have to choose between paying for food and paying for school, a recent study found. 

A survey commissioned by Intelligent.com and conducted by Pollfish found that 29 percent of students have had to skip meals daily to make ends meet, while 39 percent of students said they skipped meals once a week. 

The cost of food in the US jumped 5.3% in October from a year ago, the biggest increase in more than a decade, data show

A majority of respondents reported working at least 15 hours a week, with 18 percent of the those surveyed working more than 35 hours a week. 

The survey’s findings come as the world reckons with food inflation. The cost of food in the US jumped 5.3 percent in October from a year ago, the biggest increase in more than a decade, labor department data show. 

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The survey had 1,000 participants, all of whom are currently in college. Out of those students, 32 percent are attending fully in-person classes, 25 percent are online and 43 percent are in hybrid models.