A slightly different version of this post by Maegan Bair originally appeared on the DCCCD blog.

The Dallas County Community College District Foundation is launching an emergency aid solution for you in partnership with Edquity. Our Emergency Aid Fund assists students who are considering leaving their educational dreams behind when a financial crisis arises. This app allows you to apply for and receive cash grant assistance within 48 hours.

You will also have access to other emergency support and social services within the Dallas community, as well as a budgeting tool to help you anticipate potential challenges.

If you’re interested in checking out the Edquity app and resources, we have everything you need to know and how to sign up. Let’s get started.

Heads up: You can start applying on Tuesday, Jan. 21!

Who Can Apply?

There are only a few requirements:

  • You must be a full-time student (12 or more credit hours) enrolled at any of the colleges of DCCCD.
  • You can apply once per academic year.
  • You must have a valid student ID.
  • You can apply regardless of your citizenship status in the U.S.

How Do I Sign Up?

You can find the Edquity app in the App storeGoogle Play or apply for emergency aid online. Simply download the app or head on over to the website and follow the instructions on how to get started. The application shouldn’t take more than 15 minutes to fill out.

You don’t have to worry about writing answers or finding references. The only thing you need is your student ID.

How Long Will It Take To Get My Funds?

Funds are meant to support those who experience a financial emergency that interferes with you finishing college. You will know within 24 hours if you are approved to receive emergency aid.

How Do I Claim My Emergency Aid?

Edquity provides options for every student. Even if you don’t have a bank account, you can still claim your emergency aid. Once you’ve completed the process, you can claim your aid.

Do I Have To Pay Back My Aid?

No. Emergency aid does not require repayment and will not interfere with your current financial aid. If your situation changes, feel free to donate your fund to support other students.

What Are Some Other Resources Available?

Additional resources are available in the Edquity app.

These resources will help you:

  • Find resources near you. Find local organizations that are ready to help with everything from food to housing.
  • Free food. Find and attend events happening near you that have free food.
  • Manage your personal finances. You can give back and donate to the emergency fund so that other students will have the same opportunity.