College students at Spokane Community College experiencing unforeseen emergencies or difficulties were extended a lifeline recently, after SCC’s WorkForce Transitions Office was awarded $400,000 over two years from the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges.
The funds, administered by the Student Emergency Assistance Grant, aid students who have faced unexpected life events that threaten financial security. The aim of the grant is to ensure that access to assistance is as low-barrier as possible and is inclusive of all students, regardless of whether they meet the traditional definition of “needy student.”
“With the housing crisis the way it is across the state, the support of the SEAG grant is timely as our students desperately need the assistance,” said Wendy Jones, manager of WorkForce Transitions. “The Workforce Transitions team is ecstatic to provide emergent wrap around support to students and their families as they work to eliminate barriers and are successful in their educational journey.”
Applications for the Student Emergency Assistance Grant are expected to open after the first weeks of each quarter. Once a student applies for SEAG, they typically hear back within four days.
SCC students can apply through the SEAG website or by paper application located in the WorkForce Transitions office in Building 6, Room 112C.