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Students Can Get Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

We know how difficult life is right now, which is why we’d like to point you in the direction of some helpful resources. For starters, if you’ve lost your summer employment because of the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible for financial assistance through Texas’ Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program.

Some students may be eligible to receive funding right now. This article in Forbes magazine explains which students are eligible (and which students might not qualify) to receive funding. The average amount of assistance is about $194 per week, although this amount varies from state to state.

In addition to the PUA program, some Dallas College students may be eligible for financial assistance through the CARES Act, which they can apply for through the Dallas College Emergency Aid Fund.

Students should use the Edquity app (download it from the Apple App Store, Google Play or directly from the Edquity website) to apply for Emergency Aid Fund assistance. While there are restrictions on who can receive CARES Act funds, all enrolled Dallas College students can apply for Emergency Aid (even during non-pandemic times). Students may use the Edquity app to submit new applications each semester — Fall, Spring and Summer* — but it’s important to first log into eConnect and make sure your information is up to date. If you don’t have access to direct deposit funds, then Dallas College will be able to send funds in the form of a paper check.

*Note: Summer I and Summer II terms count as one Summer semester.

We also offer a variety of other resources to help you be successful as a student and in life. Visit our Student Resources and Services page or check out My Community Services, our free online directory of services in the North Texas area.

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