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2017-2019 DASH EMERGENCY GRANT FOR FOUR-YEAR COLLEGES
Great Lakes awarded $7.2 million in Dash Emergency Grants to 32 four-year colleges in six states to replicate the success of two-year institutions who've helped at-risk students overcome financial obstacles as part of their overall student success strategy. Great Lakes will also leverage additional contributions from its college partners, increasing the total impact to $7.7 million in emergency grants available to low-income students.
Since 2012, Great Lakes has helped two-year colleges build emergency grant programs and outcomes have been encouraging. These colleges report students who receive emergency grants stay in school at better rates and graduate in larger numbers.
Building on the success of these programs at two-year colleges, Great Lakes has now extended Dash Emergency Grants to four-year colleges and universities to launch emergency grant programs on their campuses.
Each of the 2017-2019 Dash Emergency Grant colleges has shown a commitment to helping students quickly address financial setbacks so they don't lose focus on their coursework and can continue on their way to graduation. Great Lakes is working closely with each institution, providing funds and administration assistance, including technical support from program managers. Colleges are contributing additional emergency grant funds totaling 10-15% of the Great Lakes grant amount over the course of the grant period.
Colleges awarded the first student emergency grants in Fall 2017. To date, more than $1.7 million in grants have been awarded to nearly 2,000 students. Our 32 partner colleges reported to the National Student Clearinghouse that 93% of emergency grant recipients reenrolled, transferred or graduated by Spring 2018. We are excited to see such a positive impact so early in the program, and look forward to learning more over the duration of the grant period.
This grant will help us understand the impact of emergency grants on four-year college students' persistence and completion rates. Additionally, we have the opportunity to identify nuances between emergency grant programs at two-year and four-year colleges. We're interested to see if there will be differences in the types of emergencies experienced by students, in the average amount requested, and how the timing of the request (e.g. fall, spring or summer semester) affects re-enrollment. We also look forward to adding knowledge to the field so other colleges across the country can establish their own emergency grant programs.
CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY
CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY
GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY
Des Moines, IA
HAMLINE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
St. Paul, MN
MERCY COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES
Des Moines, IA
MERCY COLLEGE OF OHIO
METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY
St. Paul, MN
MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY-MANKATO
MOUNT MARY UNIVERSITY
NOTRE DAME COLLEGE OF OHIO
South Euclid, OH
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY
ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY
St. Paul, MN
ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY
St. Cloud, MN
UNION INSTITUTE & UNIVERSITY
THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON
UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FORT SMITH
Fort Smith, AR
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
UNIVERSITY OF MARY
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN-ST. PAUL
St. Paul, MN
UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY
Green Bay, WI
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER
UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY
2016-2018 DASH EMERGENCY GRANT FOR TWO-YEAR COLLEGES
Great Lakes awarded $1.5 million in Dash Emergency Grants to 31 colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin that have shown an extraordinary commitment to engaging with students who experience a financial crisis.
We created Dash Emergency Grants to make an even bigger impact than our previous emergency grant to help more students, at more colleges, in more places.
The process is simple: students apply for micro-grants directly from their college when faced with an unexpected bill, such as a car repair or medical payment. Expenses are paid within 48 hours of the approved application. By quickly removing financial distractions, students don't lose focus on their studies and continue moving toward completion.
With support from Great Lakes, our 31 partner colleges have awarded emergency grants to their students since Spring 2016. To date, over $1.4 million in grant funding has helped pay the expenses of nearly 3,100 students, with 53% of the grant dollars going to emergency housing needs and 31% to emergency transportation needs. Our partner colleges reported that 86% of the Fall 2017 emergency grant recipients reenrolled, transferred or graduated by Spring 2018 term. We look forward to learning whether this positive trend continues in the final semester of the grant period.
Each of the 31 colleges is demonstrating proof of their commitment to at-risk students with an institutional investment: By providing an escalating cash match up to 40% for emergency funds, they will address barriers to completion and move toward program sustainability. Over the duration of the grant period, upwards of 4,000 students stand to benefit from the Dash Emergency Grant program.
BLACKHAWK TECHNICAL COLLEGE
CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE
CENTRAL OHIO TECHNICAL COLLEGE
CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Eau Claire, WI
CLARK STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EASTERN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
EDISON COMMUNITY COLLEGE
HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
HENNEPIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Brooklyn Park, MN
IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Council Bluffs, IA
LAKELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
MID-STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Wisconsin Rapids, WI
MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE
NORMANDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
NORTH CENTRAL STATE COLLEGE
NORTHCENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Northeast Iowa Community College
NORTHEAST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Green Bay, WI
NORTHWEST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE
PINE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Pine City, MN
RIVERLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE
ROCHESTER COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE
SOUTH CENTRAL COLLEGE
North Mankato, MN
SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE
STARK STATE COLLEGE
VERMILION COMMUNITY COLLEGE
WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE
WISCONSIN INDIANHEAD TECHNICAL COLLEGE
Shell Lake, WI
ZANE STATE COLLEGE
Contact Program Officer Carolynn Lee at email@example.com if you are a college or university with questions about this grant.
Students looking for emergency grant funds should contact the financial aid office or student services office at their college or university.