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Emergency Aid Network (EA Net)



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EA Net

Advocating for Emergency Aid in Texas


When: Next Meeting 02/16/2018 10:00 AM-2:30 PM

Where: Texas Higher Education Coordination Board - Board Room

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Problem Statement

Nationally, nearly 3 million students leave college annually because of small, emergency expenses they can’t meet. To help move the state toward meeting the goals of the higher education plan, 60x30TX, Texas is primed for understanding the benefits and impact emergency aid programs have on student persistence and completion. The newly formed Emergency Aid Network (EA Net) will be identifying strategies and best practices that help promote policies and processes for effective emergency aid and financial literacy programs in Texas.


The Advocating for Emergency Aid in Texas project consists of four phases. The first phase began with a survey to develop a better understanding of emergency aid practices at institutions of higher education (IHE) in Texas. The survey was sent to all 2- and 4-year, public and private IHEs in Texas, and our response rate was 80 percent.

We are now in phase two, the Network Launch. After the initial landscape analysis was completed, the THECB invited 10 Texas public higher education institutions with emergency aid programs to participate in the EA Net. Four to five designated representatives from each of these institutions will share information about approaches and model practices that have the potential to increase institutions’ graduation and retention goals.

During the third phase of the project, the EA Net will host a convening, inviting all institutions statewide to attend. Goals of the convening will be to:

  • share best practices in emergency aid and financial literacy;
  • provide a draft of recommendations;
  • give other institutions an opportunity to provide input on the recommendations prior to finalization; and
  • invite institutions to apply for mini-grants to enhance their existing programs to better reflect best practices.

In the fourth and final phase of the project, the EA Net will make presentations to the THECB’s Financial Aid Advisory Committee and Financial Literacy Advisory Committee. The THECB will incorporate EA Net policy recommendations as a standing item on the THECB’s legislative and government relations briefings.

For additional information on the EA Net project, please contact Program Coordinator Monique Lee at 512-427-6584 or Monique.Lee@thecb.state.tx.us.




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