SFS Operational Updates

Until further notice, Student Financial Services will be providing all support activities remotely, and we are best able to assist you by email at [email protected]. Our regular phone service hours are 10am - noon and 1pm - 4pm Monday through Friday. 


Use this link to access the University's coronavirus information page.


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.  

Students who do not qualify for ARP emergency grants but have emergency needs caused by issues related to COVID-19 may also establish eligibility by completing the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Emergency Funding Request - Fall 2021/Spring 2022. Please be aware that funds through this process are limited. Therefore, average award amounts will be between $300 and $500.

As operations on grounds are expected to return to a more normal experience in the fall, we expect that COVID related emergencies will likely diminish, but as in the past, students may reach out to student affairs or SFS if they have other emergency needs during the school year 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.

Emergency Loans

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.