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Student Advocacy Center Emergency Grant Program

The Ohio State University has been chosen to receive a $210,000 grant earmarked for emergency funds available exclusively for low-income students. Money will be provided to qualifying students to help with unexpected emergency expenses such as car repairs or medical bills that might otherwise jeopardize their financial ability to stay in school.

The grant was secured by and the program will be administered through Ohio State’s Student Life Student Advocacy Center, and will become a key component of the university’s commitment to Access and Affordability.

By quickly delivering modest grants—typically less than $1,000—for transportation, housing, medical, child care and other costs, Ohio State will help students stay on track for graduation. The program will begin this fall, and run through the 2017/2018 and 2018/2019 academic years.

The grant program is the result of collaboration among the Office of Student Life, Enrollment Services/Student Financial Aid and the Registrar’s Office.

The Dash Emergency Grant funding comes from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation and Affiliates. Ohio State’s grant is part of $7.2 million awarded to 32 colleges and universities in six states. 

This new Dash Emergency Grant is an expansion of a successful program Great Lakes created for two-year colleges. Since 2012, Great Lakes has committed $3 million to 37 two-year colleges to operate emergency grant programs. These colleges report students who receive emergency grants stay in school at better rates and graduate in larger numbers.


About The Ohio State University
Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is one of the world’s most comprehensive public research universities. Consistently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the nation’s top 20 public universities, Ohio State is a research powerhouse, with a wide-ranging network of expertise on a single campus. The Columbus campus is home to more than 200 collaborative academic research centers and 15 colleges, including seven in the health sciences and colleges of agriculture and engineering.
The breadth, depth and excellence of our interdisciplinary research programs make Ohio State a leading force of innovation and change – locally, nationally and globally. With nearly a billion dollars in research expenditures annually, the university is a world-class innovator in critical areas such as climate change, cancer, infectious diseases, advanced materials and ag-bio products.
In Ohio, more than 66,000 students from all 50 states and 110 countries pursue their personal career aspirations at our six campuses. Ohio State’s Alumni Association is one of the oldest in the nation, with more than 500,000 alumni living around the world. Three Global Gateway campuses—in China, Brazil and India—make Ohio State a truly international university.

About Great Lakes: Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967.
Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, we have been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. Our group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, we have committed over $200 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit












Dave Isaacs