Student Financial Services is available for walk-in service in Carruthers Hall from 10am - 12pm and 1 - 4pm, Monday through Friday.
American Rescue Plan Emergency Funding
A third round of funding for Higher Education Emergency Relief was approved and signed into law on March 11th, 2021 under the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. The University has received $15.2 million from the ARP and has approved a plan where the majority of these funds will be provided directly to students through emergency grants disbursed during the 2021-22 academic year.
Federal regulations require that exceptionally needy students are prioritized, and University staff are working to identify the cohorts of students that meet that criteria. If you fall within one of these cohorts, you will be notified directly of your emergency grant assistance during the fall and/or spring term. Any enrolled undergraduate student, whose financial need meets the guidelines for federal Pell Grants will receive an ARP emergency grant of $1,000 in both fall and spring semesters of the 2021-22 academic year. To demonstrate eligibility, students must complete either the Free Application for Federal Aid (FAFSA) and/or the CSS Profile. Students who demonstrate eligibility will receive their ARP emergency grants by the end of the second week of classes in each semester. Rather than paying existing charges, the ARP emergency grants will go directly to students and will be in addition to any financial aid they may have already been awarded.
Undergraduate students who establish eligibility for ARP emergency grants may also receive additional ARP grants to pay for mandatory health insurance, provided they verify their need for insurance. These grants may be applied directly to health insurance charges and will be distributed in late October in time to pay those charges. Students who are eligible will receive direct communication with further information and instructions.
As operations on Grounds are expected to return to a more normal experience, we expect that COVID-related emergencies will likely diminish. However, we know that the effects of the pandemic will be long lasting and unexpected emergencies may arise. We do have limited funds available to help students with COVID-related emergency situations as they arise during the year. You may submit a one-time request for these funds by completing the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Emergency Funding Request - Fall 2021/Spring 2022. Average award amounts will be between $300 and $500 and available until we have exhausted the funding.
Students may also reach out to Student Affairs or SFS if they have other emergency needs during the school year that are not COVID-related as we do have resources specifically set aside for those eventualities.
Additional information will be added to this site as more details are established.
Appeals for Reconsideration of Financial Aid for 2021-2022
If your family’s financial situation has changed substantially since the 2019 tax year, whether related to COVID-19 or not, you may appeal your financial aid eligibility for the 2021-2022 academic year. Please visit our page on appealing for a reconsideration of financial aid eligibility for more detailed information for undergraduate students regarding the appeals process.
If you wish to use the Emergency Loan program, please call SFS directly at (434) 982-6000 to speak with an agent who will walk you through the process on the phone and who will verify necessary information to ensure your funds reach you quickly and securely. Use this link for more information about our Emergency Loan program.
Other Possible Federal Benefits
Since 2020, the federal government has expanded some federal programs for students with high financial need as demonstrated by their FAFSA application information. As a public service, we want to make students aware of areas when assistance may be available. Students and their families should consider inquiring about possible eligibility for benefits such as:
- expanded Child Tax Credit when filing taxes in 2022
- Recovery Rebate Credit when filing taxes in 2022
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Affordable Connectivity Program
- Financial assistance from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) to help pay for health insurance
- Unemployment Insurance
- Housing Assistance