Worried female student

DCCCD Emergency Aid Fund

Investment in Emergency Aid: $400,000

We know that the academic challenges our students face are only part of the overall student experience. With almost 24,000 DCCCD students living in poverty we recognize that sometimes those challenges impact our students’ ability to proceed with their education.

The DCCCD Emergency Aid Fund assists DCCCD students who are on the verge of suspending their educational pursuits when financial emergencies arise. Many of these students encounter issues that cause them to choose between covering their educational expenses or paying for basic necessities such as food, shelter, health care, or transportation.

We frequently hear stories from our faculty that students have to make a choice between buying a textbook or keeping their lights on at home. Many of these emergencies for our students amount to a very small sum of money - $50 to $100 – and can make the difference in a student staying enrolled or dropping out.

The primary objective of the DCCCD Emergency Aid Fund is to increase our retention rates of those students who stop or drop out due to emergencies such as lack of funds to cover food, shelter, utilities, daycare fees, etc.

 

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*Data from the 2017 Homeless and Hungry study by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab

Beyond Emergency Aid

Other innovative DCCCD partnerships seek to alleviate potential crises for our students that may otherwise cause them to delay or stop the completion of their education.

  • DCCCD works with the North Texas Food Bank to ensure our students have access to quality nutrition.
  • An internal study revealed that our students struggle with transportation to and from the college, so we have worked with DART to provide free bus/train passes to all DCCCD students.
  • We also work to connect students with free legal help, health-related resources and financial planning.

North Texas Food bank mobile pantry at one of the colleges of DCCCD

The DCCCD Emergency Aid fund will be administered through a joint partnership with Scholarship America and the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice at Temple University. Through an innovative technology platform, we will be able to quickly assess a student’s emergency and provide emergency aid quickly and efficiently.

In addition, we are working to develop agreements with national vendors, such as extended stay hotels and car repair shops, to provide access to reduced-fee services at an accelerated rate.

“My research team and I have studied emergency aid like this for years, and found that often it’s a smaller amount of money given at the right time that makes the difference between a student staying in college or dropping out. This money can help make students’ immediate survival possible, while we also work to create the systemic change to solve the root causes of this problem.”

– SARA GOLDRICK-RAB, Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology, Temple University Founder, Wisconsin Hope Lab and Hope Center For College, Community and Justice

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