The Hostos Emergency Loan Program provides emergency financial assistance to help promising students continue their studies and to remain in college. Hostos Community College enrolls approximately 3,500 students per semester. Over 80% of our student population rely on traditional Federal and State financial aid to cover the cost of education. Due to numerous governmental legislative and university wide policy changes, these traditional forms of financial assistance have been reduced for our economically disadvantaged students, this impacting on student retention and graduation. In an effort to improve retention and graduation our college has made a major effort to identify non-traditional forms of student aid. Such funds would assist our students with education-related expenses and any unusual circumstances that would deny them access to an education at Hostos CC. To this end, our institution has identified numerous funds that have assisted well over 600 students per academic year. Students are advised to consult the Office of Financial Aid for other forms of special funds or non-traditional student aid programs.