Emergency Grant Aid for College Students Act proposed to congress

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WHEC) — New legislation was proposed Wednesday in Washington to help support low-income students pursuing college degrees.

The Emergency Grant Aid for College Students Act was introduced by Congressman Joe Morelle in the House and a Democrat colleague in the Senate. The goal is to level the playing field and help prevent students facing financial hardships from dropping out.

“Every student deserves the opportunity to pursue higher education and achieve their goals,” said Congressman Joe Morelle. “Unfortunately, financial emergencies like a vehicle breaking down or the sudden loss of a job can derail a lifetime of hard work, preventing young people from completing coursework or causing them to drop out altogether. I am proud to introduce this important legislation and ensure students have the support and resources necessary to reach their full potential.”

Emergency grants awarded to students must be for financial challenges that directly affect a student’s ability to continue their course of study, such as: loss of employment, transportation, childcare or housing; food insecurity; medical conditions; and, in the case of a dependent student, death of a parent or guardian or medical condition of the parent or guardian.

If the legislation is passed, students will be able to apply for emergency grants through their schools.