Scaling Emergency Aid During the Pandemic: Community Colleges Reflect on Lessons from CARES

Program Dates 
January 19, 2021, 1:00 p.m. ET

Virtual - The evidence is clear- enrollment and retention are falling, financial precarity is a key cause, and emergency aid can help blunt the impact. The CARES Act was helpful in providing billions in federal dollars for emergency aid for the very first time, though federal implementation could have been more responsive. The most recent relief package and omnibus funding bill allocated about $22 billion specifically for higher education, $6 billion of which must go to provide emergency aid assistance for students.

To be effective, emergency aid must be equitably delivered and distributed. This involves proper outreach, an easy and accurate application process, equitable decisioning, and quick fund delivery. These are things colleges can often manage for dozens of students at a time, but when asked to do this at scale— as with CARES dollars— it can be very challenging.

With new federal dollars flowing to higher education institutions we must focus on how to distribute and scale emergency aid for students who continue to suffer from the pandemic. Learn more and register here.