December 25, 2017




SUNY Orange, DCC establish student emergency aid funds

MID-HUDSON – SUNY Orange and Dutchess Community College are among seven SUNY colleges to receive funding for a Student Emergency Aid pilot program to help students experiencing an unforeseen hardship or emergency.

The funding comes from the Gerstner Family Foundation and the Heckscher Foundation for Children in collaboration with the SUNY Impact Foundation.  The two foundations have committed a total of $600,000 and initial grant amounts were based on undergraduate enrollment at each school.

Emergency aid will be available for students facing unforeseen issues such as homelessness or threat of eviction, medical emergency, natural disaster, domestic violence, theft and loss of employment.

Eligible expenses may include rent, utilities, clothing, furniture, medical expenses, back-up child case, back-up transportation and replacement of stolen items needed for school.

Other SUNY schools selected for the grant program are University at Albany, University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State, Cayuga Community College and SUNY Oneonta.

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