What is the best term to replace the word 'needs' in the sentence quoted below?

I feel obligated to apprise you of some problems between students and their needs

Nothing I found on Google seems to suit here, but the bare word 'needs' doesn't seem to do either.

Could you help, please?

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    You may mean regarding or Involving rather than between – Jim Apr 26 '15 at 20:37
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    What's wrong with using the word needs? – Jim Apr 26 '15 at 21:33
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    What is the context in which you're writing? It sounds like you're trying to elevate your diction by finding "fancy" synonyms, which unfortunately almost never comes off as eloquent, and in fact most native speakers can generally recognize this tactic, which makes whoever's using it seem less sophisticated--especially if you use a word in a non-idiomatic way because you're not familiar with it. – Kyle Strand Apr 26 '15 at 23:59
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    Jim is right. That "between" is off. – Marius Hancu Apr 27 '15 at 0:16
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    Do you really mean "I feel obliged to let you know about some problems which involve the needs of the students"? – Erik Kowal Apr 29 '15 at 3:26

Necessities :

  • The conditions or qualities of being necessary. (AHD)
  • I saw this one, but wasn't sure whether I can use it in this sentence. Thanks ;). – Fiodor Apr 26 '15 at 20:57
  • @Fiodor I...wouldn't recommend it, actually. "Their necessities" would sound to me like some sort of allusion to the material "necessities" of life. – Kyle Strand Apr 27 '15 at 0:01

"Requirements" could be a good substitution.

  • Unfortunately I think it is not the best word here. It's not necessarily something they require for a school, but well they need it. For example you might need that particular job, but not 'require' it. Just what I think, but correct me if I'm wrong. – Fiodor Apr 26 '15 at 20:43
  • I may have been thinking of "needs" as a noun in general. – Jason Chen Apr 26 '15 at 20:44
  • I know. The word is good, but not really in this particular case. – Fiodor Apr 26 '15 at 20:45

If you really want to aim high you could use desiderata which is defined at that link as "things wanted or needed". Synonyms there include " essentials, necessities, requisites, sine qua nons"

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