Student Emergency Fund

The UA Alumni Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial support to UA alumni currently enrolled in college who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship which jeopardizes their ability to continue their education.

Average award amounts range per student and are typically only awarded once. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Some funds may be considered income and are therefore subject to federal taxes.

Types of Expenses Considered

Examples of expenses that may be considered for funding include:

  • Utilities or rent
  • Medication/prescription expenses
  • Books or school related expenses
  • Replacement of belongings lost in a fire or natural disaster
  • Safety-related needs (e.g. lock change, emergency shelter)
  • Tuition assistance to help remove hold on account

Eligibility Requirements

UA alumni seeking financial assistance should be currently enrolled in an accredited 2 or 4-year college and able to provide documentation of their financial hardship. Students seeking assistance during the summer who are not enrolled but are registered for fall courses also qualify.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I’m in grad school, can I still get help?

No. The emergency fund is reserved primarily for undergraduate students.

Is the amount of the emergency fund support taken out of my CIP award?

No. You will be awarded your CIP award AND this grant, if eligible. The Emergency Fund is a separate fund outside of the College Incentive Program.

How do I know if my situation qualifies?

Complete the Emergency Fund form and we will follow-up with you for any additional questions about your situation and how we can help you.

Other Resources

Catholic Charities – Services for people in need.

Community Services League Provides immediate relief to people in need, assessing their situations, and providing solutions that lead to economic stability

Community Assistance CouncilEmpowering individuals to achieve self-sufficiency through the delivery of direct emergency assistance, education and advocacy.

United Way 2-1-1 of Greater Kansas City – A free, confidential, 24-hour information and referral service giving access to resources in the community.

The UA Alumni Emergency Fund is made possible through support from the generous donations of caring community members including other UA alumni, UA staff and the school’s founders.