How We Got Started
Believe in Students was founded in 2017 to address the ways that college students were struggling to navigate a broken system for addressing the price of college. Our Founder, Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab, donated the proceeds from an award she won for her ground-breaking book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream. This funding helped establish the FAST Fund, the organization’s flagship program, empowering faculty members to support students struggling to meet their basic needs with emergency cash assistance.
Our programming supports students with a dual focus: providing resources to help them meet their immediate needs right now; and, for the long term, building coalitions of students and higher education professionals to advocate for changes to better address these issues for all students.
Fast, effective emergency aid
Provides flexible, timely, and direct emergency grants to striving college students, addressing urgent needs and emergencies that can otherwise derail their educational journey.
Master class for higher education professionals
Highly engaging, self-paced learning taught by experienced students and practitioners to share research, best practices and personal experiences with strategies to support today’s #RealCollege students.
Building a network for systems change
Highlighting the existing gaps in the higher education system and the misalignment with the needs of today’s #RealCollege students, we aim to shed light on a pressing issue that necessitates innovative solutions.