altAid: Apply

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

The altAid program is currently closed. The program will reopen Fall 2024.

Questions can be directed to:


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*

*California residents only


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.
Application will reopen in August 2024