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 and meet on a quarterly basis 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 time frame. 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.