Funds will address financial barriers to help low-income students stay enrolled to completion

BISMARCK, ND —University of Mary has received a $210,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to operate and maintain a student emergency aid program. Emergency grants will be integrated into the college’s overall student success strategy with the goal of improving retention and completion rates.

University of Mary serves students from diverse backgrounds, and a situation that might be a headache for one can be a major financial crisis for another. If a student is already struggling to make ends meet, an unexpected car repair or medical bill might cause that student to withdraw from college.

“Thanks to the Dash Emergency Grant, University of Mary has the resources to provide modest emergency grants to our students in times of greatest need,” said Dr. Jayne Hardy, director of the Student Success Center at Mary. The student-focused services of the Student Success Center create an excellent channel to identify students in need of assistance and the Dash Emergency Grant will provide a way to help eligible students overcome the hurdle and continue toward their academic goals.”

University of Mary will begin making student emergency grants in fall 2017. Students will complete an application detailing their financial emergency. A University of Mary committee will review the application, and expenses up to $1,000 will be paid within two business days of approval. By quickly removing financial distractions, students can refocus on their studies and continue toward graduation.

University of Mary is one of the first four-year colleges to receive a Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes. A combined $7.2 million in grants was awarded to 32 colleges in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

Dash Emergency Grants for four-year colleges build on the success two-year colleges have achieved since Great Lakes began supporting emergency grant programs in 2012. These colleges report students who receive emergency grants stay in school at better rates and graduate in larger numbers.

“We’re pleased to extend our Dash Emergency Grant to the University of Mary and other four-year colleges to help more at-risk students overcome financial obstacles to completion,” said Richard D. George, President and Chief Executive Officer of Great Lakes.