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Student Options for Success Program at Macomb Community College

 

The Student Options for Success (SOS) program at Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan, connects students with a variety of community and public benefit organizations to help them with living expenses while pursuing higher education. Many students struggle with basic expenses such as food, rent, utilities, childcare and healthcare while in school. The SOS program helps them find resources to support attainment of educational goals by providing tools for ongoing financial stability and long-term self-sufficiency.  Because applying for public benefits can become overwhelming while juggling school, work, bills, and family, the SOS office works with students to complete public benefits applications on campus in a secure and private way.  Forms of aid include: food assistance, utility shut-off prevention, eviction prevention, Medicaid, cash assistance, childcare assistance and more.  When public benefits are not sufficient to make ends meet, SOS connects students with organizations throughout the community that can help fill financial gaps.  These organizations include community action agencies, non-profits and county-wide referral systems for a variety of needs. SOS links students to as many supports as possible to maximize the potential resources they can receive.  For students on a limited income, budgeting and financial strategies can play a key role in ongoing stability. From everyday banking through tax season, SOS provides tips and connects students with organizations to help them stretch their dollars and establish a financial plan to help get through school to stable employment.  If a financial emergency still exists after pursuing all possible resources, there are limited emergency assistance funds that can be considered when the need is a one-time, unforeseen non-academic financial emergency where a small amount of funding can make a long-term difference for the student.

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