$168,000 Grant Supports Launch of Emergency Grant Program at Carleton College

Funds will address financial barriers to help low-income students stay enrolled to completion, help in situations like those created by Hurricane Harvey.

7 September 2017 Posted In:
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NORTHFIELD, Minn.–Carleton College has received a two-year, $168,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants will provide support for the college’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and completion rates.

Carleton serves students from diverse backgrounds, and a situation that might be a headache for one student can be a major financial crisis for another. If a student is already struggling to make ends meet, an unexpected car repair or medical bill might cause that student to withdraw from college.

“Thanks to the Dash Emergency Grant, Carleton will have the resources to provide crucial emergency grants to our students in times of greatest need,” said Carolyn Livingston, vice president for student life and dean of students. “As we watch the frightening natural disasters unfold in south Texas, we know that many at Carleton are wondering about our own students and their families and how they are faring. We currently have 95 students enrolled from Texas, 53 of whom are from the greater Houston area. The Dean of Students Office has reached out to all of these students. The Dash Emergency Grant program will be a timely resource for helping students meet expenses and continue their education at this difficult time.”

Carleton will begin making student emergency grants in fall 2017. Students will complete an application detailing their financial emergency. A Carleton committee will review the application, and expenses up to $1,000 will be paid within two business days of approval. By quickly removing financial distractions, students can refocus on their studies and continue toward graduation.

Carleton is one of the first four-year colleges to receive a Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes. A combined $7.2 million in grants were awarded to 32 colleges in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Dash Emergency Grants for four-year colleges build on the success two-year colleges have achieved since Great Lakes began supporting emergency grant programs in 2012. These colleges report students who receive emergency grants stay in school at better rates and graduate in larger numbers.

“We’re pleased to extend our Dash Emergency Grant to Carleton College and other four-year colleges to help more at-risk students overcome financial obstacles to completion,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes.

About Great Lakes: Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967.

Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. The group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $200 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit home.mygreatlakes.org.