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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 is threatening 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.

The Dallas College Emergency Aid Fund assists Dallas College 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.

Emergency Aid Fund for students is made available through generous philanthropic donations to the Dallas College Foundation and through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress. We have partnered with an educational technology company, Edquity, for the application and award process.

Edquity will review the application and determine if the student qualifies within 72 hours (Monday - Friday and delays will occur during holidays). If a student qualifies, they receive cash grant assistance within 48 hours; the technology ensures students experiencing the financial emergency have access to funding within the timeframe required to successfully address the crisis. 

All enrolled Dallas College students are eligible to apply once per semester. The application process opens at the semester start and closes on the last day of the semester. 

Students apply for Emergency Aid by following these steps:

  1. Download Edquity's mobile app (available in the App Store and Google Play) or apply online. Once you create an account with Edquity, the application is easy and takes an average of seven minutes to fill out. To start the application process, all you will need is your student ID number.

  2. Wait for your application to be processed. Edquity first reviews your eligibility for emergency aid from the Dallas College Foundation. Then Dallas College reviews your eligibility for emergency aid from the federal HEERF. 

    Note: You must complete a 2020-2021 FAFSA application before applying for Emergency Aid if you want to be considered for CARES Act funds. If you have questions about (or need assistance with) completing the FAFSA, a Dallas College representative is available on Blackboard Collaborate (eConnectLIVE) from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hours will be extended until 7 p.m. daily starting January 4, 2020. For additional help, call the Financial Aid Call Center at 972-587-2599.

"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 buying a textbook or keeping their lights on at home. Many of these emergencies for our students amount to a very small sum of money - $50 to $100.

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:

$25 can help ensure a student has class access (online and face-to-face)

$50 can put food on the table for a parent and her children

$100 can keep the lights on and a family in their home

$500 can provide emergency shelter while a student relocates


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