New Emergency Aid Program for Undergraduate Students
Shaw University has been approved by the Educational
Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) to provide an Emergency Aid Program
for qualified undergraduate
students. ECMC is an initiative designed to help minority-serving
institutions improve student success and institutional outcomes.
The Emergency Aid Program is designed to support
students’ persistence toward degree completion by removing unforeseen financial
obstacles from their path. Shaw University will administer the funds and
provide eligible students facing short-term, nonrecurring emergencies with an
award of emergency aid dollars (“emergency aid”) to remedy the unforeseen situation.
The student requesting the aid will be required to complete an online
application and to submit supporting documentation validating the financial emergency.
In addition to validating the financial emergency, the University will use a
pre-determined list of criteria outlined below to determine whether students’
requests for emergency aid will be approved or denied.
In order to qualify for emergency aid, eligible students
- Be enrolled
in a certificate,
associate or bachelor’s
degree program at the time
of the aid request. Note: The
Emergency Aid Program does
not extend to graduate students;
the online application
supporting documentation validating their unforeseen financial need (some examples
of unforeseen financial need include required
uninsured medical treatment, automotive
notice of an unexpected increase in a housing
or utilities expense);
- Benefit from having an unforeseen expense paid with Emergency Aid, that if not paid,
could lead to the student’s departure from the university; and
- Be enrolled
during the semester in which
emergency aid funds are awarded.
Definition of emergency (unforeseen expenses)
- Housing/ Rent
- Medical/ Dental
Emergency aid funds
- Be used to cover school expenses
(i.e., parking, fines,
books, supplies, required tools/equipment, etc.)
- Be used
to pay prior balances
owed to the school
- Be paid
directly to the
- Be released without a completed application and supporting
- Be used
for any reason
outside the program’s guidelines
to the availability of funds, students may apply for
emergency aid as many times as are deemed necessary, but the total amount
awarded to the student cannot exceed $500 over the life of the entire program.
For example, if the student applies for $150 and this amount is awarded, the
student may apply again for Emergency Aid. However, the maximum amount
the student can receive for a second request is $350.
If you have questions about
the Emergency Aid Program, please contact Anthony Brooks, Chief Enrollment Management Officer, at (919)
719-1983 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apply for Emergency Aid