More emergency funding available for NWTC students

Wednesday February 3, 2016
GREEN BAY – Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and the NWTC Educational Foundation have more resources to help low-income students weather financial emergencies. Students can apply for small grants to help cover expenses just beyond their means, which allows them to quickly return focus to their academics.

 “Making sure our students remain in college and earn a credential is at the heart of everything we do at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College,” said NWTC President Dr. Jeff Rafn. “Receiving this grant demonstrates our College’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of our students and creating the foundation for a successful career.”

The student emergency funding at NWTC is supported by a $59,500 Dash emergency grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. NWTC is one of 31 community and technical colleges in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin that received a combined $1.5 million in Great Lakes grants to build emergency grant programs that help low-income students overcome financial obstacles that might otherwise cause them to drop out.

“Great Lakes is pleased to provide more resources to colleges like NWTC that are dedicated to supporting students in times of greatest need,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes. “Emergency grants are a bridge to college completion and the financial security a degree can provide.”
NWTC will begin making student emergency grants of up to $500 each in the spring. Qualified expenses will be paid within 48 hours of an approved application. Students also will be referred to additional campus and community resources.
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