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New grant to help WITC students with unplanned financial emergencies

(4/4/2016) Students at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College will now benefit from a new student emergency fund. The Dash grant will help students overcome unplanned financial emergencies so they can stay in school to complete their degree. The Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty, a private foundation devoted to supporting students to complete their post-secondary education, sponsors the grant.

Any student who is Pell-grant eligible will also qualify for the Dash grant, pending approval from an academic counselor. Students will need to meet with a counselor who will ensure that the student has tapped all other available community resources before referring the student to the Dash grant. If the counselor deems the situation Dash-grant-fundable, the student will complete the online application form. After completing the online application, the Dash grant check will be written to the third party (rent, car repair, heat bills) to whom the student needs assistance. Grants for individual students can be up to $500 per program at WITC.

According to MaryAnn Pebler, director of resource development, "No one benefits from a student dropping their program of study at WITC due to an unplanned financial emergency, yet that is the number one reason nationally two-year students drop out of college," said Pebler. "Then all they have is student loan debt and no marketable skills. The WITC community depends on our graduates to provide the professional skills needed in the community. So it’s a win-win if we can help keep the students in school."

For more information about WITC, please call 800.243.9482 or visit witc.edu/explore.

A nationally top-ranked college, WITC serves the educational and career needs of more than 25,000 residents of Northwestern Wisconsin each year. With multiple campuses, WITC offers career-focused associate degree programs, technical diplomas, short-term certificates, customized business training, and a wide array of courses for personal or career enrichment. WITC is a member of Wisconsin Technical College System and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (www.ncahlc.org). For more information, call 800.243.WITC or visit witc.edu. WITC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer and Educator.