Student Emergency Fund

We understand that even with the best of planning, and utilizing all the resources at your disposal, there might be times where you find yourself in need of assistance to pay for an unexpected expense caused by an emergency. Saint Mary’s Emergency fund benefits from donations from alumnae, friends of the College, parents and even our own students and assists current students with emergency funds to cover unexpected expenses.

These funds, awarded in the form of a one-time grant, provide relief for an immediate need resulting from an emergency. They will not be awarded to cover a gap on, or inability to pay for, fixed costs paid directly to Saint Mary’s, such as tuition, fees, room and board. Priority will be given to students who have fully taken advantage of student loan opportunities available to them (including students who have taken alternative loans to cover expenses). In some cases, these grants will be awarded in the form of a check cut to the student. In the case that the assistance is awarded to cover medical expense charges from the Health Center, the award will be credited directly to the student’s account.

The Vice President for Student Affairs coordinates this program, and a committee reviews applications and determines eligibility. Depending on the time of the year, the day the application is submitted and the Business Office processing times, the funds can be available anywhere between a few days and two weeks.

Application Process:

Any current Saint Mary’s student attending classes in person in need of emergency funding assistance is encouraged to apply. As part of the application process, you will be required to meet with Gloria Jenkins, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs. Please contact Ms. Jenkins at gjenkins@saintmarys.edu to schedule an appointment.

 Application

Eligible Expenses:

The following is a list of emergency expenses that could be considered for this award. A student will be able to apply to a maximum of one award per semester. A student applying for additional awards in subsequent semesters will be required to complete a new application for each award. Priority will be given to students who have fully taken advantage of student loan opportunities available to them (including students who have taken alternative loans to cover expenses). A student attending Saint Mary’s exclusively online does not qualify for this program.

Examples of emergency expenses that could qualify:

  • Technology needs, such as computer, printer, phone
  • Unexpected or emergency travel
  • Books and supplies
  • Insurance
  • Medical expenses, medication, medical supplies, COVID testing not covered by insurance or other sources
  • Application fees for immigration, non-medical testing or other processes
  • Personal expenses
  • Clothing: jackets, winter boots, professional clothes

Questions and Additional Information:

For additional information, or to check on the status of an Emergency Fund application, contact studentaffairs@saintmarys.edu.