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Emergency Financial Assistance grants can truly be life-changing, allowing students to finish their degrees despite financial setbacks.

The basic foundation for a successful emergency financial assistance program includes four key program areas:

  1. Administration: finding an administrative home for the program, developing criteria for awards and determining the process for application and award distribution.

  2. Fundraising: developing a fundraising program that will help sustain the program.

  3. Marketing/Communications: promoting the program to students, faculty and potential donors.

  4. Impact: tracking the program’s impact by measuring results.

Each area plays an important role in developing and sustaining a program that provides relief to students when they need it most. Scholarship America’s Dreamkeepers® program offers individualized support, resources and lessons learned from over a decade of program administration to help colleges implement key best practices in all four areas.

If you're interested in starting an Emergency Financial Assistance program on your campus, click the button below to complete a brief assessment of your school's readiness.

 Take the Emergency Financial Readiness Survey: Click Here