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UA gets grant for student emergency aid program

Published: June 20, 2017 4:00 AM

AKRON -- The University of Akron has received a $630,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates for a student emergency aid program. Modest emergency grants -- ypically of less than $1,000 -- will be awarded to students in need with the goal of keeping them in school working toward their degree.

"An expense that's a nuisance for one student can be a financial disaster for another," said Ron Bowman, UA's assistant vice president for student success. "If a student is already struggling to cover their bills, a breakdown of their car or an unexpected medical expense could force them to withdraw from the university."

The Dash Emergency Grant program will provide UA with $630,000. The university will begin making emergency grants in Fall 2017. Students will complete an application detailing their financial emergency, then a committee at UA will review the application. Expenses up to $1,000 will be paid within two business days of approval.


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