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Dallas College Emergency Aid Fund

Investment in Emergency Aid: $400,000

Keeping students on track to degrees and jobs is Dallas College's number one priority. But it is hard to focus on school when an emergency or natural disaster threatens a student's financial security. With almost 24,000 Dallas College students living in poverty we recognize that sometimes those challenges impact our students’ ability to proceed with their education.

Dallas College Emergency Aid Fund assists students who are on the verge of suspending their educational pursuits when financial emergencies arise. Many of these students encounter issues that cause them to choose between covering their educational expenses or paying for basic necessities.

This fund is made available through generous philanthropic donations to the Dallas College Foundation and previously through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress.

If you are a Dallas College student experiencing a financial emergency, please complete the Student Care Form. Once you submit this form, a Student Care Coordinator will email you to set up a time to discuss your needs and appropriate on-campus resources and/or off-campus resources. Emergency Aid is funded by donations to the Dallas College Emergency Aid Fund and is not guaranteed.


"My research team and I have studied emergency aid like this for years, and found that often it’s a smaller amount of money given at the right time that makes the difference between a student staying in college or dropping out. This money can help make students’ immediate survival possible, while we also work to create the systemic change to solve the root causes of this problem.”

– SARA GOLDRICK-RAB, Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology, Temple University Founder, Wisconsin Hope Lab and Hope Center For College, Community and Justice



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41% of Dallas College students have missed meals due to not having enough money for food; 12% of community-college students were considered homeless at some point in the previous year

*Data from the 2017 Homeless and Hungry study by the Wisconsin HOPE Lab


We frequently hear stories from our faculty that students have to make a choice between school expenses or keeping their lights on at home. Many of these emergencies for our students amount to a small sum of money.

The primary objective of the Dallas College Emergency Aid Fund is to help our students and decrease the number of students who stop or drop out due to a lack of funds to cover food, shelter, utilities, daycare fees, etc. Your contribution will make a difference in the lives of our students, their children and our local economy:

$ 75 can help ensure a student has class access (online and face-to-face)

$150 can put food on the table for a parent and her children

$300 can keep the lights on and a family in their home

$500 can provide emergency shelter while a student relocates


Your donation matters.


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