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Emergency Grant Programs

MATC offers two grant programs for students who experience an emergency situation that would affect their ability to remain in school. Emergencies are defined as “an unanticipated situation caused by an interruption in earned income or an unexpected one-time/non- recurring expense.” Grants are intended to assist students with emergencies that are unlikely to occur again, and only after the student has exhausted all other resources. (Note: Failure to apply for financial aid in a timely manner, or not budgeting for school-related expenses are not considered emergencies.)

Dreamkeepers® Emergency Student Assistance

dreamkeepers-flyerDo you know of a student who is experiencing a financial emergency that may force them to dropout?

You can help students access financial resources to stay in school. MATC’s Dreamkeepers provides small emergency assistance grants to students. This year MATC has additional funds from the state and AFT Local 212 operates the “FAST Fund” – a small grant for students who aren’t eligible for Dreamkeepers or need money in less than 48 hours.

To make it easy there is one seamless process for students to apply for assistance from ANY of these emergency assistance funds.  Students should apply online at matc.dreamkeepers.orgCompleted applications will be routed to the appropriate resource.

The attached flyer provides more information about Dreamkeepers. Please note the definition of emergency and the requirement to provide documentation of the precipitating event and what they need help paying for. (Limited funds are also available for non-Pell Grant students and the FAST Fund will pay for some items not covered by Dreamkeepers, but students should still apply online at matc.dreamkeepers.org.)

If students need assistance with their application – or if urgent timing is an issue — they can contact Mary Lang in Multicultural Affairs at 414-297-8398 or langma@matc.edu.

MATC Foundation Emergency Grants

Similar to the Dreamkeepers program, the Foundation’s other emergency grants are for students who have experienced an interruption of income or an unexpected, non-recurring expense that affects a student’s ability to remain in school.

However, there are fewer restrictions than the Dreamkeepers program. For example, books and supplies are eligible expenses. Award maximum is also $500, and students may apply in more than one semester (not for the same expense). Checks are made payable only to third parties to whom payment is due, not to students.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Preference is given to students who have completed 6 or more credits within the last 12 months. However, requests from new students are reviewed on a case-by- case basis.
  • Currently enrolled in 3 or more credits.
  • Maintaining a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • Not on academic suspension and in good standing with the college.
  • Can provide written documentation (proof) of emergency event or situation (i.e. eviction notice, police report, etc.)

To apply, students must complete a Student Emergency Fund Grant Application available in the MATC Foundation office (Room S-214 at the Milwaukee Campus), or email scholarships@matc.edu to obtain an electronic copy.

Dreamkeepers® Emergency Student Assistance

MATC’s Dreamkeepers provides small emergency assistance grants to students. This year MATC has additional funds from the state and AFT Local 212 operates the “FAST Fund” – a small grant for students who aren’t eligible for Dreamkeepers or need money in less than 48 hours.

Student Emergency Fund Grant Application

Emergency grants are available for students who have experienced an interruption of income or an unexpected, non-recurring expense that affects a student’s ability to remain in school.

To apply, students must complete a Student Emergency Fund Grant Application available in the MATC Foundation office (Room S-214 at the Milwaukee Campus), or email scholarships@matc.edu to obtain an electronic copy.

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