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Student Emergency Fund

The UAA Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to University of Alaska Anchorage students who have experienced unanticipated, temporary financial hardships resulting from emergency or crisis situations or unplanned major life events (e.g., accident, illness, theft of property, fire, death of a family member, sudden and unexpected change in employment status, etc.). The fund is to off-set a short-term critical need and is not intended to replace or supplement other forms of financial aid.

The number of students who can be served by the UAA Student Emergency Fund is limited by the balance in the account. The fund must be sustained by continued contributions from alumni, parents, employees, and generous friends of the University.

Eligibility

To be considered for assistance from the UAA Student Emergency Fund, individuals must currently be:

  • Admitted to a UAA degree program
  • Registered for courses through one of UAA’s campuses
  • Making meaningful progress toward earning a degree
  • Experiencing financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident or other unplanned major life event
  • In relatively good behavioral standing with the university

To maximize eligibility, individuals should be Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) eligible.

Examples of Assistance

The UAA Student Emergency Fund can be used to assist students with unanticipated and temporary financial hardships.

Examples the fund may assist with include:

  • Required travel due to loss or serious illness of a family member or other emergency
  • Emergency health care, medication, food or housing
  • Course materials or technology

Examples the fund typically does not assist with include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Items normally covered by scholarship and grants for which the student is eligible for
  • Fines and other legal matters
  • Expenses resulting from poor or wasteful financial management

Application and Awarding Process

Students who need emergency financial assistance may submit an electronic request form along with supporting documentation.

UAA Student Emergency Fund Application

Examples of supporting documentation would include:

  • An application for unemployment
  • A statement from an employer that the employee has been laid off or their hours have been reduced
  • Evidence that an individual is self-employed and their opportunity for work work has been affected by an emergency
  • Documentation of extra expenses associated with child care, health care, or technology
  • An airline ticket purchased for emergency travel
  • Rent, mortgage, utility, or other bills

Students qualifying for the fund will be assigned a case manager to review the request with the student and provide ongoing support and assistance.

Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Some funds may be considered income and are therefore subject to federal taxes.

If students do not have direct deposit, a check is mailed to the address of record in UAOnline within 7-10 business days from the date the award is processed through the student account. Therefore, students should make sure the mailing address on file with the University is up-to-date in UAOnline.

If students have direct deposit, awards are usually deposited in the student's bank account within 3-5 business days from the date the award is processed through the student account. You can view or change your direct deposit information at UAOnline under "Student Services and Account Information". Any changes to direct deposit become effective the following business day.

 

Donations

The Student Emergency Fund is supported by the kindness of generous donors.  Individuals wishing to donate to the UAA Student Emergency Fund, can do so online: https://engage.alaska.edu/uaa.