Policy Implications

A strong emergency aid program is guided by clearly articulated and enforced policies and practices. Institutions should be able to clearly define the types of emergency aid they offer, while also outlining the qualifications necessary to receive aid. Establishing and sticking to institutional policies that allow for an equitable and consistent distribution of emergency aid creates a solid foundation for the work.

Institutions should also ensure that emergency aid complies with relevant federal and state policies. Colleges and universities with clear internal policies and practices to ensure continued compliance with these external regulations are better positioned to support their students and maximize the impact emergency aid can have on student retention.


Tools & Resources

The community of institutions interested in emergency aid continues to grow. We'll collect and catalog many of the developed resources and tools so they can be discovered, shared and improved upon by the evolving emergency aid community. Browse this library of tools and resources for implementing, evaluating and improving emergency aid at colleges and universities.

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Stat icon: 82%

82% of campuses

offering an emergency aid program have offered a program for 3+ years

Source: NASPA

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Emergency Loans

are the leading type of aid offered by public 2- and 4-year institutions

Source: NASPA