The FAST Fund at Milwaukee Area Technical College is now two years old, and recently AFT wrote about its impact. There the FAST Fund has “provided $32,000 in direct emergency assistance to 89 students in in the 2017-2018 academic year. Housing insecurity, preventing evictions or securing housing for homeless students, was the single largest area of need (39 students). Other non-tuition costs of attendance was second (18 students); auto assistance accounted for 17 students.”

Diana Thomas benefited from the Milwaukee FAST Fund. As AFT reports, beforeDiane Thomas she enrolled at MATC, she worked two jobs and saved as much as she could so she could pay for a program that would earn her a degree in nursing—her dream job. When she left one job to attend classes, she had just enough money for tuition, rent, food, gas and books—but she nearly dropped out because she couldn’t afford the iPad required for the RN associate program. The FAST Fund stepped in to pay for the iPad, and she stayed in school.”

Here are other examples of how students have used support from the FAST Fund: