altAid: Apply

Welcome to altAid, a hardship grant program for students facing financial crises.

The altAid program is now open for the 2023-2024 academic year. If you meet the eligibility criteria below and have a financial hardship that is affecting your ability to perform or remain enrolled in your program, you may apply for a grant through the online application below. The application takes approximately 10 minutes to complete and you will receive a decision by email within 3 business days. Requests that are approved will be processed via Venmo, PayPal or check.

Questions can be directed to:

Review the eligibility information below to get started.


To be eligible, you must be enrolled full-time at one of the following partner programs or institutions:

  • altPath
  • ClimbHire
  • East Los Angeles College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program
  • HireLAX Program @ LA Southwest College
  • JVSWorks
  • LA Valley College Nursing Program
  • Legacy LA
  • LIFT – Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Harbor College Associate Degree Nursing Program
  • LOC Scholars
  • Rivet School
  • University of Southern California

To be eligible, you must have experienced an unexpected financial need within the last 60 days AND you must have not received a hardship grant from Areté Rising within the last 12 months.


Eligible needs include: food/groceries, utility bills, childcare, personal hygiene/care, transportation, medical/dental/mental health, safety & security, and learning/school resources. Currently, rent and tuition are not eligible for funding.


You may request whatever amount is needed. However, requests exceeding $500 are less likely to be fulfilled due to funding limitations.


There are more student needs than our financial resources can meet. We ask that you request only the funds that you truly need to remain enrolled in your program. When students misrepresent their needs or misuse funds it takes critical resources from those who truly need it.

If you have reviewed the eligibility parameters and meet the criteria to apply, begin your application below.
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