COVID-19 Expanded Relief Fund for Students
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.
- 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.