Harvey HELP Education Fund

Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas Gulf Coast and impacted over 6 million Texans. The damage done to the region will require years of support and hundreds of billions of dollars to rebuild what Eric Klinenberg described as “lifeline systems,” or the infrastructure for power, transit, and communications. Once these systems are restored, a second level of investments will address facilities/infrastructure, including fire/police stations, hospitals, schools, and homes.  

It is estimated that as many as half a million college and university students may have been impacted by the hurricane. Many of these students are now having their studies interrupted by pressing challenges including loss of income, property, transportation and school materials, making it difficult or even impossible for them to continue their education. The Harvey HELP Fund represents a centralized relief response to these impacted students.

With support from Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes, Texas and national leaders from higher education associations, institutions, foundations, and businesses have raised funds that can be directed to Texas institutions of higher education. To incentivize additional contributions, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has offered a dollar for dollar match up to $250,000. To date, 50 colleges and universities have received emergency aid funding for their Harvey-impacted students, totaling $935,000 from the Harvey HELP Fund.

Harvey HELP will provide emergency aid to enable students in southeast Texas to stay on or more quickly return to their postsecondary education pathway. Emergency aid will help students and their families recover from and manage immediate life-and-logistics emergencies, so they can afford to resume their studies and complete their higher education. 

Donate now to the Harvey HELP Education Fund

If you have any questions about the Harvey HELP Fund, please contact Riddhi Chhaya at rchhaya@cftexas.org.