COVID-19 Expanded Relief Fund for Students

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We recognize that COVID-19 has created special circumstances resulting in expenses that fall outside of the standard student expense budget (i.e., needing to move because an agency closed, additional equipment to facilitate virtual class/internship learning, etc.)

If you have expenses that clearly fall outside of the standard student budget, and are able to document these expenses, you may apply for up to $500 from the COVID-19 Expanded Relief Fund. (Please note, in response of Federal guidelines, receipts are required.) Funds disbursed may be considered taxable income.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Applicants may not have an account with an outstanding balance with the college. 
  • Students who previously qualified for financial aid through Student Financial Services will be given priority.
  • Applicants must have a non-recurring financial hardship resulting from a sudden emergency or unforeseen event related to or resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic that must be addressed right away. No reasonably anticipated expense will be considered for eligibility.
  • Other possible financial resources must have been exhausted and deemed insufficient or not available in a timely manner (i.e., scholarships, grants, savings, loans, etc.). 
  • Applicants must be able to provide any and all requested documentation.

The SSW Student Emergency Fund cannot be used to cover any of the following expenses:

  • Tuition or health insurance
  • Anticipated expenses such as credit card payments
  • Parking tickets and other college-imposed fines
  • Application or test fees
  • Unexpected household costs not related to COVID-19 
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation travel or other expenses unrelated to the COVID-19 epidemic
  • Computing devices, internet costs, peripherals

Award amounts normally will not exceed $500 per student and can only be awarded once during this academic year. Students are not required to repay awards. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds will be made on a case-by-case basis by a committee of SSW administrators. 

Note: Emergency Awards may be considered taxable income. 


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