Q: What is Student Emergency Financial Aid, and how do I know if I can qualify for it?
A: Student Emergency Financial Aid consists of resources available on your college campus to help you in times of financial crisis. Most Student Emergency Financial Aid will require for you to document your situation or emergency in order to become eligible for the financial aid. Though given the situation or emergency, documentation may be something you would rather not do, however, it typically is required in order to prove legitimacy of the urgent situation you are facing. Some examples of legitimate situations that could lead to a student becoming eligible for Student Emergency Financial Aid could be:
1. A health emergency.
2. The loss of a job that was providing tuition funds.
3. The loss of your home.
Most college financial aid offices require you to have filed the FAFSA to be eligible for emergency financial aid. You may also have to comply with other criteria such as a Minimum GPA average. Often times there will be a limit on your student loan or scholarship (usually under $1,000), but once you qualify for the funds, most college financial aid offices will process your application immediately, and get you the needed help as soon as possible.