Emergency Aid Network
Emergency aid programs are designed to help students meet unexpected financial needs that may prevent them from completing their degrees. The Emergency Aid Network (EA Net) includes leaders from 10 Texas higher education institutions who all have existing emergency aid programs on their campuses. Together, they operate as a learning community to identify compelling strategies and best practices for effective programs.
Non-academic personal obstacles can have significant impact on a student’s ability to remain in higher education. Surveys show financial stress weighs heavily on many students, and unforeseen expenses, even those less than $300, may be enough to derail a student’s college career. In Texas, as many as 50% of community college students and 40% of university students do not complete their degrees within the expected timeframe. The EA Net will provide critical insight into how emergency aid programs can impact Texas students as they persist through and complete their academic programs.
On September 10-11, 2018, the EA Net will host a convening in Austin, Texas. All Texas higher education institutions are invited to attend. Included in the convening’s goals will be to:
- share best practices in emergency aid and financial literacy; and
- invite institutions to apply for mini-grants to enhance their existing emergency aid programs.
Meetings and Materials
- June 22, 2018
- April 27, 2018 (Skype)
- February 16, 2018 (Skype)
- December 8, 2017
- October 20, 2017
- August 18, 2017 (Skype)
- June 23, 2017
Advocating for Emergency Aid Programs in Higher Education Convening: September 10-11, 2018
Inquiries should be direct to Monique.LeeWhitley@thecb.state.tx.us.