Inside Higher Ed had a piece about the school where my son-in-law teaches – Central New Mexico Community College. It seems they have an emergency fund to help students who have unforeseen financial difficulties. The guidelines for applying for these funds are pretty specific. Students can only get funds once a semester. The checks are made out to the landlord, the utility company, or whomever the financial obligation is with, so students can’t go out and spend it on pizza and video games. It seems like a very good idea.
I wonder how many other schools have similar programs? I wonder if my school does? It seems like a good idea, doesn’t it?