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DCCCD Emergency Aid Fund

Investment in Emergency Aid: $400,000

Keeping students on track to degrees and jobs is the Dallas County Community College District's number one priority. But it is hard to focus on school when an emergency or natural disaster is threatening a student's financial security.

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.

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.

The primary objective of the DCCCD Emergency Aid Fund is to help our students and decrease the number of students who stop or drop out due to a lack of funds to cover food, shelter, utilities, daycare fees, etc. Your contrbution will make a difference in the lives of our students, their children and our local economy:

$25 can help ensure a student has class access (online and face-to-face)

$50 can put food on the table for a parent and her children

$100 can keep the lights on and a family in their home

$500 can provide emergency shelter while a student relocates


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41% of DCCCD students have missed meals due to not having enough money for food; 12% of community-college students were considered homeless at some point in the previous year

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


The DCCCD Emergency Aid fund is administered through a partnership with Edquity, a Brooklyn-based educational finance support and emergency aid company.

Full-time DCCCD students are eligible to apply and the application process will open the first day of each semester and close on the last day of each semester. Students apply by using the mobile app or website: they download the Edquity app (bit.ly/get-edquity) or go to the website app.edquity.co

Edquity will review the application and determine if the student qualifies. If a student qualifies, they receive cash grant assistance within 48 hours; the technology ensures students experiencing the financial emergency have access to funding within the timeframe required to successfully address the crisis. 


“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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The Edquity technology also offers students an index of emergency resources and ongoing budgeting tool to help students preempt potential challenges. Edquity is developing agreements with national vendors, such as extended stay hotels and car repair shops, to provide access to reduced-fee services at an accelerated rate.