Providing emergency funds to students: FAST Fund webinar

All of us who work in higher education know that many students are one emergency away from leaving college. A car repair or stolen backpack can be the difference between staying in school, and on a path to a more stable life, or dropping out.

But students can get the resources to keep them in class, thanks to an expanding movement of emergency funds organized by faculty union members. The funds—called FAST for Faculty and Students Together—are donation-based and accessible to students through a simple one page form.

Read more about the difference FAST Funds have made in the lives of students at Milwaukee Area Technical College and Temple University. Register for a webinar with AFT leaders on May 17th about starting a FAST Fund on your campus.

Now matching donations from Sara Goldrick-Rab—a researcher who initiated this project—and from the American Federation of Teachers are allowing the fund to expand to other schools. Thanks to these grants, AFT locals can receive up to $5,000 in seed funding for their own FAST Funds.

Learn how your local can:

  • Meet students' real needs
  • Provide another route for caring faculty members to become union leaders
  • Get technical assistance in administering a FAST fund

The webinar will feature Sara Goldrick-Rab of Temple Association of University Professionals, Michael Rosen of AFT Local 212 and a student who has benefitted from FAST funds.

May 17th, 3:30pm-4:30pm EST

Register now

Please join us on May 17th, 3:30pm-4:30pm EST for a webinar with AFT leaders on how to provide emergency aid to students through FAST funds.


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