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Emergency Aid Fund

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The academic challenges you face are only part of your DCCCD experience. 

Almost 24,000 DCCCD students live in poverty, which is why we have established the DCCCD Emergency Aid Fund. The District has formed a partnership with Edquity, a Brooklyn-based educational finance support and emergency aid company, to provide the service to full-time DCCCD students. 

Paying for necessities such as food, shelter, health care or transportation can be challenging and emergencies can arise. The Emergency Aid Fund assists DCCCD students who are on the verge of suspending their educational pursuits because of a financial emergency. We want you to stick around and earn your degree.

"DCCCD's mission is to prepare students of all ages, from all walks of life, who represent the diversity of our community, to become productive and responsible citizens," said DCCCD Chancellor Dr. Joe May. "We know that we need to create a culture of caring that meets our students where they are."

How It Works

The Emergency Aid Fund application process opens the first day of each semester and closes the last day of each semester. To apply for emergency funds, download the Edquity's mobile app or visit the website.

Edquity will review the application and determine if you qualify. If you qualify, you will receive cash grant assistance within 48 hours. 

The Edquity technology also offers you an index of emergency resources and ongoing budgeting tools to help you preempt potential challenges. Edquity is developing agreements with national vendors, such as extended stay hotels and car repair shops, to provide access to reduced-fee services at an accelerated rate. 

“I think one of the main reasons I love working for DCCCD is that they encourage all of us to be innovative and to continuously learn new technologies that help our students be successful. I love being in the classroom and having the freedom to teach students how to use state-of-the-art software and equipment in the field of digital media.”
   Sara Goldrick
   Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology, Temple University

Who Can Apply?

  • You must be a full-time student (12 or more credit hours) enrolled at one of the colleges of DCCCD.
  • You can apply once per academic year.
  • You must have a valid student ID.
  • You can apply regardless of your citizenship status in the U.S.

How Do I Sign up?

You can find the Edquity app in the App Store, Google Play or apply for the emergency aid online. Simply download the app or head on over to the website and follow the instructions on how to get started. The application shouldn't take more than 15 minutes to fill out. You don't have to worry about writing answers or finding references. The only thing you need is your student ID. 

How Long Will It Take to Get My Funds?

Funds are meant to support those who experience a financial emergency that interferes with you finishing college. You will know within 24 hours if you are approved to receive emergency aid. 

How Do I Claim My Emergency Fund?

Funds are meant to support those who experience a financial emergency that interferes with you finishing college. You will know within 24 hours if you are approved to receive emergency aid.

Do I Have to Pay Back My Aid?

No, emergency aid does not require repayment and will not interfere with your current financial aid. If your situation changes, feel free to donate your fund to support other students.

Beyond Emergency Aid

Help from DCCCD goes beyond the Emergency Fund: 

  • DCCCD works with the North Texas Food Bank to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to each of the colleges every month to ensure our students have access to quality nutrition.
  • Some of our students struggle with transportation to and from the college, so we have worked with DART to provide free bus/train passes to all DCCCD students.
  • We also work to connect you with free legal help, health-related resources and financial planning.