This emergency aid program is a grant program designed to assist students experiencing unforeseen financial obstacles that may hinder their academic persistence and completion.
Emergency Aid Program
The Student Success Committee is happy to announce Mesalands Community College’s continued participation in the Project Success ECMC Emergency Aid Program. The ECMC Emergency Aid Program is designed to support students’ persistence toward certificate and/or degree completion by removing unforeseen financial obstacles from their path, which if not resolved quickly, could cause students to abandon their plans for higher education. Full and part-time students, including dual enrollment students, are eligible for a total of $500 of financial help over the life of the entire program. Students are eligible for financial assistance to pay for unforeseen costs including, but not limited to, utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, transportation, childcare, etc.
Program constraints do not allow funds to be used for school expenses such as tuition, books, supplies, required tools/equipment or fines. Funds cannot pay off prior balances owed to the College. Monies cannot be paid directly to the student. The funds are paid to the third party involved (e.g., dentist office for emergency tooth extraction) or via a gift card (e.g., food from Lowe’s).
Students experiencing unforeseen financial difficulties can apply for financial help by completed the following two steps:
Log into ECMC EMERGENCY AID PORTAL and click Start Application button under New User to begin the online application.
In addition to a completed online application, students must also upload documentation supporting their need for financial assistance (e.g., quote from dentist office). Incomplete applications cannot be considered.
Once a student meets with the Director of Academic Initiatives and Student Success and completes the online application, the student will be notified within two business days of whether or not their emergency aid request application has been approved.
The monies will be distributed within two business days of application approval. In other words, the entire process of applying for, gaining approval, and fund distribution will take no longer than 4 business days. This time frame is based on the student completing steps 1 and 2 identified above.