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Handling Everyday Life Problems for Students (HELPS) Program

The Handling Everyday Life Problems for Students (HELPS) Program provides grants to eligible students to support an emergency, without which continued persistence would be at moderate to high risk. An eligible student is a full or part time undergraduate student, majoring in any area of academic study, and attends one of the institutions below. An eligible student must submit an online application with justification of the emergency. An emergency is defined to be an unexpected, one-time expense, associated with the immediate risk to health, life, property, or student’s environment that requires urgent attention to prevent worsening of the situation or further instability of the student’s situation. Consistent with our emphasis on paying it forward, we are asking eligible students to participate in a study to collect data that will be used to expand the HELPS Program to other HBCUs and students. Participation in the longitudinal data study will not impact an eligible student’s ability to receive HELPS Program funding. The institutions below are part of a 3-year pilot, based on the generous philanthropy of our initial corporate sponsor - Prudential Financial.  The emergency aid provided by the HELPS Program is supplemental to the institution’s current emergency aid. We recognize the financial hardships faced by our HBCU students exists beyond these institutions below, and we are continuously working with other financial supporters to expand the coverage to more institutions and their students based on the data collected from this pilot.

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Apply now: https://studentfreedominitiative.force.com/s/micro-grant. Registration is required to apply.
*Prairie View A & M University students will need to contact the PVUMU Student Affairs Office to apply for emergency funding.

Claflin Microgrant

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Claflin University
Reynolda Brown
Vice President for Enrollment Management
(803) 535-5569

Clark Atlanta University Microgrant

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Clark Atlanta University
James Stotts
Associate Vice President for Financial Aid
(404) 880-8992

Florida A&M University

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Florida A&M University
Lewis E. Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Student Success and Strategic Initiatives
(850) 599-8456

Hampton University

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Hampton University
Martin Miles
Director fo Financial Aid
(757) 727-5635

Morehouse Microgrant

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Morehouse College
Michael Turner
Director of Student Relations and Ombudsperson

Prairie View A&M University Microgrant

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Prairie View A&M University
Steve Ransom
Associate Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students
(936) 261-3550

Tougaloo College Microgrant

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Tougaloo College
Trena Robinson-Young
Director of Financial Aid
(601) 977-6134

Tuskegee University Microgrant

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Tuskegee University
Joseph Montgomery
VP for Enrollment Management and Student Success
(334) 727-8558

Xavier University of Louisiana Microgrant

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Xavier University of Louisiana
Judy Bracy
Senior Conduct Officer/Director of Parent Programs

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