Emergency aid programs help students with unexpected expenses so they can stay on the path to graduation. Even when students have a plan for paying their tuition, fees, books, and other expenses, unexpected – and often emergency – situations arise that can destroy students’ plans and budgets. For many college students, a car repair or a medical bill can be the difference between staying on track to graduation or dropping out. More and more colleges and universities are developing aid programs to help students with these expenses.
In 2017, the Emergency Aid Network (EA Net) was formed to help build a base of knowledge about how emergency aid programs operate and impact students at Texas colleges and universities. The EA Net included leaders from 10 Texas higher education institutions. Through regularly scheduled meetings, EA Net members identified compelling strategies and best practices for effective emergency aid programs. The Texas Emergency Aid Report: Advocating for Emergency Aid Programs represents a culmination of the EA Net’s findings.