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Emergency funds available when students need it most

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Nov 16, 2020

Not being able to pay for gas should never keep a student out of class. Beyond traditional financial aid and scholarships, emergency financial assistance is available to all College of Lake County (CLC) students. No matter what challenges students face, the college is dedicated to helping them complete their credential so they can get a better job and a better life.

“Each student’s situation is unique and CLC recognizes even a little help goes a long way,” said CLC President Dr. Lori Suddick. She is passionate about removing barriers to ensure every student has an equitable opportunity to further their education.  

More than 2,500 CLC students received $2.8 million in emergency financial aid grants since March, thanks to federal financial assistance through the CARES Act and CLC Foundation donations. With CARES Act resources being exhausted, CLC wants to ensure sustainable access to emergency resources for students. Starting in November, the new Lancer Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) will aid students in the best way possible at their time of need.

Funded by CLC Foundation donations, institutional dollars and federal financial aid grants, this emergency assistance will serve many purposes. Students may find themselves needing cash to fix a flat tire so they can drive to class. Struggling to put food on the table, students may need a meal card to buy groceries so they can stay healthy and focus on coursework. They may even need help paying their gas bill to keep their home warm this winter while they take classes online.

“It is a program of care and compassion for the Lancer community,” said Suddick. “Students who apply are free from judgment.”
Current CLC students with an emergency need can access resources through the online LEAF application and submitting any required documentation. Students will receive a decision in within 1-5 business days, depending on the urgency of the request.

Additionally, United Way of Lake County’s 211 service is a free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral helpline connecting individuals and families in need with access to available health and human services. Lake County residents can connect to a wide range of services by phone or text, and an expert navigator will guide them to the help they need, regardless of the time of day, the language they speak, or where they live.

About College of Lake County:

The College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. The College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes and is a national leader in many areas, including sustainability and conservation.