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Emergency Relief Funds for California Community College Students

Steven, a nursing student at El Camino College who received emergency financial assistance through the Student Relief Fund, shares, “ … this will make a world of difference for me at a time when I am preparing to make a difference in the world.”

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, community college students are striving to stay enrolled to achieve a better life for themselves and their families. Thanks to support from generous donors and philanthropic leaders, the Student Relief Fund is providing emergency aid and other essential support to students. Over 2,000 community college students statewide have already received between $350 and $500 in emergency financial assistance. Still, immense need remains across the system.

For our students who are low-wage earners and those laid off from jobs, students who lack adequate technology, and students who are parents or are caring for elderly family members, receiving emergency assistance or related support such as free laptops will make a big difference in their ability to take care of themselves, stay enrolled, and continue on their path toward a rewarding career. Aiming to address these needs, the Student Relief Fund has three current priorities: 

  • First Response Fund: help students training to be nurses or other allied health professionals to finish college so they can join the health workforce by providing emergency financial assistance.
  • Connectivity: mitigate the effects of the digital divide by providing technology and the means to use it to students so they can continue their education remotely.
  • Foster Youth: provide emergency financial assistance to students who face extra hardships because they are excluded from federal aid -- students who have been in the foster care system often don’t have the parental information required. 

You can help by donating today

Your donation will help provide relief to students attending California Community Colleges. Research indicates that emergency financial assistance of $500 prevents students facing a crisis from dropping out. Donations of every size add up and demonstrate to struggling students that we care about their dreams of a better livelihood for them and their families.

  • $500 ships a student a laptop and mobile hotspot with one year of internet connectivity.
  • $5,000 provides emergency cash grants of $500 to ten students facing financial hardship to pay for food, books, household utility bills, or other essential needs.
  • $15,000 extends hotspot service to 500 foster youth whose internet connection is expiring.

Give Today 

Donate today to support community college students. In this rapidly changing crisis, we will be guided by students’ priority needs, or you can share a preference for how the funds will be directed within current priorities.

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