Approximately 3 million U.S. students drop out of college each yeardue to a small, unexpected expense—such as a medical bill or car breakdown.

In the Fall of 2021, Greater Texas Foundation launched the Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap program, a three-year, $1.5 million grant program to help ten community colleges across the state develop efficient, equitable, sustainable emergency aid programs to ensure students receive the support they need to persist through financial crises.

Working with cross-campus teams and guided by consulting support from Reos Partners, each participating school is putting students at the center of their work to establish or refine an existing emergency aid program on their campus. One year into the Roadmap program, this Case Study reveals lessons learned and progress made at two participating colleges and shares the hallmarks of an effective Emergency Aid program that any school can emulate.

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