Faculty-Run Emergency Aid for Students

May 2019

Clare Cady, Edward Conroy, Sara Goldrick-Rab, Michael Rosen

Today’s students need more support than they receive. Thanks to the new economics of college, costs are skyrocketing, financial aid is insufficient, and students are struggling to survive. Small, unexpected expenses create barriers to enrollment, persistence, and completion. One way faculty try to address these concerns is through emergency aid programs that provide resources rapidly to stop unplanned expenses from forcing students out of college. This guide provides information and resources for faculty at colleges and universities to set up and successfully run their own emergency aid programs, including information on the FAST Fund model as one successful example of how faculty-run programs work.