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48 Hours Inside a Student Emergency-Aid Experiment
Eric Hoover, a journalist at The Chronicle of Higher Ed, recently flew to Milwaukee from his home in Washington D.C. to learn more about the FAST Fund, how we work, and why we do what we do. The article, 48 Hours Inside a Student Emergency-Aid Experiment: A small-grant program in Milwaukee offers hope, $275 at a time, against a torrent of needs, is excellent and we are excited to share it with you all.
Great Lakes FAST Fund Consortium Fellowship
MATC FAST Fund publishes its
2021-22 Annual Report
Milwaukee County Grants $100,000 in Aid for MATC Students Facing Housing Insecurity
“Milwaukee Area Technical College is the only college in Wisconsin that has a majority of its students are people of color,” Shea said during the committee meeting Thursday. “Many of them come with all kinds of economic challenges attending school; some of our students are homeless; many of our students are single parents… They’re not asking for a handout as so much as a hand-up.”
As Student Need Rises, More College Faculty Set Up Emergency Aid Funds
Even as FAST Funds help to fill gaps in social services today, labor leaders think that in the future, the movement has the potential to organize faculty and staff around advocacy for campus policies that actually close those gaps for low-income students and educators.
FAST Fund to receive $200,000 from Milwaukee for MATC students' basic needs costs
MATC Student Stories: Corey Lee went back to college to set example for his kids
In the last installment of the StoryCorps-inspired series, we hear from Corey Lee. He’s a father of two who graduated with a business management degree in December.
During his time at MATC, Corey turned to the faculty-run FAST Fund for emergency financial aid. He got to know Michael Rosen, a retired economics professor who founded the FAST Fund. The fund has helped hundreds of students stay in school.
MATC Student Stories: Tiffany Mosby learned to read as an adult before attending college
Tiffany Mosby dropped out of high school as a junior, after struggling to read for years. As an adult, she took classes at Literacy Services to improve her reading so she could get her GED and go to college.
Mosby is about to graduate from MATC with an associate degree in business management. She sat down with her close friend, Andrea Pabon.
MATC Student Stories: Liana Howard was inspired by grandmother as she juggled school, work and kids
Liana Howard, 29, is a hospital critical care technician, college student and mother. She took classes at MATC over the past couple years with the goal of enrolling in the nursing program.
She spoke with her grandmother, Linda Tolbert, who helped Liana take care of her kids while she was attending classes and they were in virtual school.
The FAST Fund keeps students in school
AFT Local 212’s FAST Fund has helped 1,426 students with basic needs costs over the last five years