Clark College has disbursed almost $3 million in emergency grants since last Spring through the CARES/HEERF acts, helping a total of 1,698 students struggling with supplies for school, car payments and financial stress placed by COVID-19.
Data showed that a majority of applicants who applied were 200% below the federal poverty line, also skipped meals due to money scarcity and were likely to drop out if they were not to receive aid.
Students who were below the federal poverty line finished the term at a rate of 99% after receiving aid.
Clark College offers emergency grants by applying through their universal application. Students are matched with the grants that can offer support when students can’t qualify for federal funding (like the CARES act) due to citizenship.
Through the Clark College Foundation, 673 students were served and awarded a total of $640,365.
Students who received aid were then sent a survey regarding whether their financial situation was resolved, here is one of their responses.
“I was extremely overwhelmed, and this grant gave me peace of mind making it possible to complete winter quarter.”