Student Emergency Fund and Resources

Student Emergency Fund

Goal

The Student Emergency Fund is available to support the persistence of our students to graduation. Student Emergency Funds provide one-time micro-grants to students experiencing an unanticipated financial need. 

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Qualifying Circumstances

Students are welcome to apply for one Student Emergency Fund request in a given academic year.  Students must be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate classes at the time of the request. Priority will be granted to students who may be at risk of dropping out of Bellarmine due to unexpected expenses. The number of students who can be served by the Student Emergency Fund is subject to the availability of funds. 

Applicants should be prepared to show financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unplanned event. Applicants must complete all application questions and submit supporting documentation if requested.

Examples of Qualifying Events (generally covered but not limited to):

  • Medications and other costs related to medical care
  • Books and other essential academic expenses
  • Safety needs (i.e. changing lock)
  • Assistance with the replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, natural disaster, or domestic violence situation
  • Assistance with rent, utilities, food and other essential household expenses
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family

Expenses generally not covered by funds:

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, study abroad costs
  • Non-essential utilities
  • Parking tickets or other fines
  • Entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel
  • Expenses that could be anticipated

Process

Students will submit a request for funding based on their level of need, there is no maximum amount a student may request. 

Upon receipt of a request for funds, the Financial Aid Office representative would be the first to review the request, ensuring that receipt of the funds would not jeopardize a student’s financial aid status. Members of the committee would then review the request to establish that the need meets a qualifying circumstance. Review of the request will take place within 5 business days of the request. 

If accepted, the student will meet with a representative from the Dean of Students Office to receive the funding and discuss additional options for support and resources.

**Information regarding student applicants will remain private to members of the review committee.**

The fund is made possible through the generous support of the Bellarmine Women’s Council, Knights Helping Knights campaign, Bellarmine Alumni Association and individual donors.

Broadband

Federal Broadband COVID-19 Relief Fund Eligibility

You or your family may be eligible for COVID-19 relief funds that will temporarily reduce your cost of Internet access, or help with the cost of a new computer or tablet. We're sharing this with you in case you're experiencing financial hardships that could affect your education.

Households meeting any of these criteria qualify for $50 monthly stipends on Internet service or a one-time $100 grant for a new device:

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year
  • Experienced a substantial loss of income due to job loss or furlough since February 29, 2020 and the household had a total income in 2020 at or below $99,000 for single filers and $198,000 for joint filers
  • Meet the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income or COVID-19 program

For a full explanation of eligibility, visit https://getemergencybroadband.org/do-i-qualify/. Note that there are other provisions that could make your family eligible, so we encourage you to review the full list.

To register for this Federal benefit, visit https://getemergencybroadband.org. Because this is not a benefit focused on higher education, we are unable to answer questions about eligibility. Receiving these funds will not affect your financial aid