NCTC receives emergency aid grant

Elizabeth F. Abu | Sep 30, 2021

North Central Texas College has recently received the Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap grant, a three-year, $1.5 million grant program, funded by the Greater Texas Foundation. This grant will help NCTC and nine other community colleges across the state develop efficient, equitable, sustainable emergency aid programs to ensure students receive the support they need to persist through financial crises.

The college will receive $122,500 over three years to be awarded directly to students as emergency aid. NCTC has also committed to raising matching funds of $5,000 for the 2022-23 school year and $10,000 for 2023-24 to help build the sustainability of this important program.

According to a 2020 study done by the Trellis Company, 61% of Texas public two-year college students say they would have trouble getting $500 in cash or credit to meet an unexpected need within the next month. 53% worry about being able to pay their current monthly expenses, and 73% have run out of money at least once in the past year. 

“Some crises affect entire communities; others are personal,” said Sue McMillin, President & CEO of the Greater Texas Foundation. “Either way, the effects on students can be devastating. The Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap program is designed to help colleges be there for their students no matter what crisis they’re facing.”

Participating colleges were selected through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) which was open to all public Texas community colleges enrolling 10,000 students or fewer, along with their respective foundations. Collectively, the ten Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap colleges enroll more than 53,000 students.

“NCTC was selected to participate in the Texas Emergency Aid Roadmap for demonstrating a strong commitment to student success and a thoughtful approach to meeting students’ needs,” said Leslie Gurrola, Director of Programs & Strategy for the Greater Texas Foundation. “We’re excited to extend the reach and impact of the good work that is already happening here.”

For more information, visit the Greater Texas Foundation website at www.greatertexasfoundation.org.