Two-thirds of students experiencing basic needs insecurity did not apply for emergency grant aid during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report. Written by the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice, the report summarizes the results from surveys of 195,000 students across 202 institutions and focus groups at 23 of those schools.
It found that students who applied and were approved for awards waited an average of 13 days to receive their aid. That included four to six days for institutions to make decisions about aid applications, up to five days for students to be notified of decisions and three to six days for them to receive funds.
The report suggests that colleges and universities should invest in sustainable emergency aid practices that are free of red tape, especially as the world grapples with ongoing health concerns and the consequences of climate change. It also suggests developing emergency aid awards separate from other financial aid programs and having a review committee made up of students who approve communication materials for such grants.