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POL 11.20.01 - Student Emergency Assistance Fund

Authority: Chancellor 

History:

  • First Issued: December 8, 2016 

Related Policies:

Additional References:

Contact Information: Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 910.521.6175

1. PURPOSE

1.1 The Student Emergency Assistance Fund (SEAF) is a joint venture between the Division of Student Affairs and Financial Aid. The SEAF assists UNCP students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of an immediate family member, fire damage, need for temporary housing or other disasters. Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.

2. EXPENSES COVERED BY THE EMERGENCY FUND

2.1 Below is a non-exhaustive list of expenses covered by the emergency fund.

2.1.1 Medications and other costs related to medical care

2.1.2 Books and other essential academic expenses

2.1.3 Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)

2.1.4 Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster

2.1.5 Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family

3. EXPENSES NOT COVERED BY THE EMERGENCY FUND

3.1 Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs

3.2 Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft

3.3 Parking tickets

3.4 Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses

4. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

4.1 Applicants must have a financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incident.

4.2 Applicants must be currently enrolled students.

4.3 All other resources, including emergency loans through Financial Aid must have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.

4.4 Applicants must complete all questions in full and submit supporting documentation.

5. APPLICATION PROCESS

5.1 Students who are in need of emergency financial assistance may submit an application and supporting documentation to the Office of Student Affairs. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund Committee, made up of staff members from both the Office of Student Affairs and Financial Aid, reviews the submitted applications and determines the appropriate funding amount.  Funds distributed do not generally exceed $500.The committee will review applications requesting in excess of $500 for unique and unusual circumstances of emergency financial need. Applicants may be required to meet with a staff member in the Office of Student Affairs to discuss their application. Students currently receiving financial aid should be aware that receiving assistance from the Student Emergency Assistance Fund may affect future aid packages.  For information on the application, students should contact the Office of Student Affairs at 910.521.6175.

6. GIVING

6.1 The number of students who can be served by the Student Emergency Assistance Fund is subject to the availability of funds. The fund must be sustained by continual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University.

6.2 To contribute to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund please go to: uncp.edu/relief . You will see a link under the student fund paragraph that will lead you to the online giving page.  Under the area to apply gift, select the Student Emergency Assistance Fund from the drop down box.