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Student-Ready Strategies published a series of one-page briefs, each focused on a specific, evidence-based solution that institutions should consider using their current or future HEERF dollars to implement. Each brief explains the solution, how it addresses the challenges of the pandemic, how it can be designed in an equitable way, and how HEERF can support it. Read more about the importance of using emergency funds to promote student success here


Institutions that forgive students’ institutional debt are more student-ready because they prioritize student persistence and prevent disruptions in enrollment due to financial holds.

Debt Forgiveness
Emergency Grants

Institutions that have robust, quick-response emergency grant programs are more student-ready because they anticipate students’ financial challenges and prevent those challenges from halting progress toward their goals.


Institutions that do effective financial aid outreach are more student-ready because they guide students to the financial resources they need to enroll in and succeed in college.

Financial Aid Outreach
Multiple Measures Assessment for Placement

Institutions that use a multiple measures approach are more student-ready because they provide students with equitable access to college-level courses aligned to their chosen program of study.


Institutions that use OER are more student-ready because they ensure equitable access to the learning materials students need to be successful.

Open Educational Resources
Tools Grant

Institutions that provide these tools free of charge are more student-ready because they acknowledge and address that students need high-quality tools to learn their trade, but this expense is often a barrier.


Institutions that offer virtual advising are more student-ready because they make it much easier for students to engage with an advisor while balancing school, family, and work obligations.

Virtual Advising