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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. The first student emergency grants were awarded in the fall of 2017.

This grant will help us learn 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.

RECIPIENTS

ALVERNO COLLEGE

Milwaukee, WI

$210,000

CARDINAL STRITCH UNIVERSITY

Milwaukee, WI

$67,200

CARLETON COLLEGE

Northfield, MN

$168,000

CLEVELAND STATE UNIVERSITY

Cleveland, OH

$262,500

EDGEWOOD COLLEGE

Madison, WI

$131,250

GRAND VIEW UNIVERSITY

Des Moines, IA

$210,000

HAMLINE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA

St. Paul, MN

$141,750

HEIDELBERG UNIVERSITY

Tiffin, OH

$115,500

LOURDES UNIVERSITY

Sylvania, OH

$210,000

MERCY COLLEGE OF HEALTH SCIENCES

Des Moines, IA

$84,000

MERCY COLLEGE OF OHIO

Toledo, OH

$210,000

METROPOLITAN STATE UNIVERSITY

St. Paul, MN

$420,000

MINNESOTA STATE UNIVERSITY-MANKATO

Mankato, MN

$420,000

MOUNT MARY UNIVERSITY

Milwaukee, WI

$84,000

NOTRE DAME COLLEGE OF OHIO

South Euclid, OH

$113,400

OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY

Columbus, OH

$210,000

OHIO WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY

Delaware, OH

$131,250

ST. CATHERINE UNIVERSITY

St. Paul, MN

$140,069

ST. CLOUD STATE UNIVERSITY

St. Cloud, MN

$420,000

UNION INSTITUTE & UNIVERSITY

Cincinnati, OH

$86,100

THE UNIVERSITY OF AKRON

Akron, OH

$630,000

UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT FORT SMITH

Fort Smith, AR

$157,500

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Conway, AR

$210,000

UNIVERSITY OF MARY

Bismarck, ND

$210,000

UNIVERSITY OF NORTHWESTERN-ST. PAUL

St. Paul, MN

$63,000

UNIVERSITY OF TOLEDO

Toledo, OH

$420,000

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-GREEN BAY

Green Bay, WI

$105,000

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MILWAUKEE

Milwaukee, WI

$630,000

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-PLATTEVILLE

Platteville, WI

$420,000

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER

Whitewater, WI

$315,000

UPPER IOWA UNIVERSITY

Fayette, IA

$88,988

XAVIER UNIVERSITY

Cincinnati, OH

$84,000


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 million in grants has helped pay the expenses of nearly 2,200 students, with 53% of the grant dollars going to emergency housing needs and 30% to emergency transportation needs. Our partner colleges reported that 90% of the fall 2016 emergency grant recipients reenrolled or graduated by spring 2017 term. We are pleased with the positive impact of this program so far, and we look forward to learning more over the duration of the grant.

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.

RECIPIENTS

BLACKHAWK TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Janesville, WI

$38,700

CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE

Brainerd, MN

$39,700

CENTRAL OHIO TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Newark, OH

$39,700

CHIPPEWA VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Eau Claire, WI

$59,500

CLARK STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Springfield, OH

$59,500

EASTERN GATEWAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Steubenville, OH

$34,700

EDISON COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Piqua, OH

$17,500

HAWKEYE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Waterloo, IA

$59,500

HENNEPIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Brooklyn Park, MN

$54,500

IOWA WESTERN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Council Bluffs, IA

$59,500

LAKELAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Kirtland, OH

$39,700

LORAIN COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Elyria, OH

$79,300

MADISON COLLEGE

Madison, WI

$79,300

MID-STATE TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wisconsin Rapids, WI

$39,700

MILWAUKEE AREA TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Milwaukee, WI

$96,700

NORMANDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Bloomington, MN

$79,300

NORTH CENTRAL STATE COLLEGE

Mansfield, OH

$39,700

NORTHCENTRAL TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Wausau, WI

$39,700

NORTHEAST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Green Bay, WI

$59,500

NORTHWEST IOWA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Sheldon, IA

$20,000

PINE TECHNICAL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Pine City, MN

$39,700

RIVERLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Austin, MN

$39,700

ROCHESTER COMMUNITY AND TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Rochester, MN

$59,500

SOUTH CENTRAL COLLEGE

North Mankato, MN

$39,700

SOUTHWEST WISCONSIN TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Fennimore, WI

$39,700

STARK STATE COLLEGE

Canton, OH

$79,300

VERMILION COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Ely, MN

$27,000

WAUKESHA COUNTY TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Pewaukee, WI

$59,500

WISCONSIN INDIANHEAD TECHNICAL COLLEGE

Shell Lake, WI

$34,700

ZANE STATE COLLEGE

Zanesville, OH

$39,700

QUESTIONS

Contact Program Manager Supervisor Nikki Wachter at nwachter@glhec.org or (888) 889-3299 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.