PCCFFAP has partnered with Believe in Students, a national nonprofit organization focused on addressing financial insecurity among college students, to launch a faculty-led emergency support effort at PCC. Believe in Students has worked with the American Federation of Teachers and PCC to offer a $5,000 seed grant to our local to initiate a local site of the FAST Fund (“Faculty and Students Together”) initiative, a faculty-run emergency aid program.
The FAST Fund quickly identifies students struggling to meet their basic needs and gets them small-dollar emergency grants to help them get through the crisis. Our students have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, with nearly 3 in 5 reporting they have struggled to meet their basic needs over the past year. Students may use grant money for a wide range of needs, such as fuel for their vehicle, a new computer or tablet, medical or utility bills, groceries, or child care.
The FAST Fund was created in 2016 by Sara Goldrick-Rab, a professor of higher education policy and sociology and a member of the AFT’s Temple Association of University Professionals. Since its inception, this program has provided financial assistance to more than 10,000 students so they don’t leave school before receiving a degree. We are excited to bring this emergency fund to PCC.
If you have a student who you think might benefit from an emergency grant, please direct them to this simple application. Similarly, if you would like to support the FAST Fund, please consider making a tax deductible donation here.