Landscape Analysis of Emergency Aid Programs

Kevin Kruger, Amelia Parnell, and Alexis Wesaw

This report provides a comprehensive look at colleges’ use of emergency aid to address a variety of student needs. The publication describes how emergency aid programs are operated, including details regarding primary departments responsible and number of students served. The report also presents 10 components of robust programs; challenges and opportunities for increasing the number of students served; and considerations for colleges that intend to more closely examine the influence of emergency aid on students’ persistence toward a degree. Woven throughout the report are exhibits that describe the delivery of emergency aid among multiple sectors and sizes of institutions, and examples of effective campus practice.