Student Emergency Fund - students helping students

photoIntroduction and Overview

Student Emergency Fund assist students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses causing short-term financial hardship that requires immediate attention to keep a student in college.  This program is designated to assist those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through scholarships, loans or other Financial Aid awards.  This program is being administered by the Office of Student Affairs in accordance with applicable University rules and policies.  Funding for the Student Emergency Fund (SEF) comes from fundraising by fellow students through the Student Advancement Council and the Student Alumni Association. 

photoStudent Emergency Fund awards are grants that reimburse actual expenses.  These awards are not a loan and do not need to be repaid, however, this grant may be considered taxable income.  Individuals should contact their tax professional to make a determination on whether or not this grant is taxable. 

Amount:  Student Emergency Fund awards are made to reimburse students for actual expenses, so the amount will vary.  The maximum award amount is $1500.  Students will be awarded at most one Emergency Grant per academic year. 

Eligible expenses:  Any unanticipated or unusual expenses outside of the typical student budget will be considered.  Student Emergency Fund are not intended for tuition or fees, or standard living expenses.  Each case will be considered on its own merits.  These are limited, non-state dollars acquired through grants, donations and fundraising.  This is a resource of last resort. 

Student eligibility:  Applicants must have short-term financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident or other unexpected critical incident.  Must be a full-time, undergraduate student enrolled in a degree program at Sacrament State with a minimum GPA of 2.0.  Must have a record of good conduct and be in good academic standing.
APPLICATIONS ARE REVIEWED DURING THE FALL AND SPRING SEMESTER ONLY DUE TO THE LIMITED AVAILABILITY OF FUND.