Filling the Financial Gap: Building an Emergency Aid Program to Support Degree Completion
Thursday, June 15th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM
Research has shown that finances is a one of the primary reasons that students either stop or drop-out of college. Emergency aid is an effective tool that institutions use to retain those students who are faced with an unexpected financial crisis. Resources such as housing or food assistance, emergency loans, and grants can help alleviate the financial strain a student may face on their path to a degree. However, for emergency aid programs to make the most impact, institutions must partake in a highly collaborative, well-coordinated effort.
In this pre-conference session, participants will learn what it takes to create a robust emergency aid program at their institution. Session facilitators will teach participants the essential components of an emergency aid program, implementation and program management best practices, and key strategies that an institution should employ to avoid potential pitfalls when administering emergency aid.
Additionally, participants will use a diagnostic tool to assess how well-positioned their campus is to administer a comprehensive emergency aid program. The diagnostic will surface critical areas a campus should focus on when building or strengthening their program. Based on the results of the diagnostic tool, participants will discuss and identify potential next steps for their campus.
This session is ideal for professionals that want to create an emergency aid program for their institution and professionals who currently administer emergency aid resources and seek to improve and/or scale efforts.