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Student Emergency Fund

General Description

The Student Emergency Fund is available to assist enrolled students who are experiencing a financial emergency, excluding tuition-related expenses. The fund is sustained by monetary contributions made by students, faculty, staff, friends, and alumni of the Regent University Community.

Students who are experiencing financial emergencies and who have exhausted other resources are encouraged to avail themselves of this ministry. Requests for emergency assistance are considered on the basis of what is clearly recognized as a bonafide emergency. As such, the Student Emergency Fund Committee considers each request separately. Due to significant increases in the number of requests for the SEF each year, the SEF application process has been designed to be as thorough and efficient as possible.

Contributions to the fund are greatly appreciated and may be made through the Regent University Student Services Office. Students who have been helped through this ministry are encouraged, as God prospers them, to bless others by making donations to the SEF. Normally, contributions to the SEF are tax-deductible. However, contributions given through SEF to a specific recipient (designated gift) are not tax-deductible.

This cover sheet and the attached form supersede all previous forms.

General Guidelines

  1. The SEF is not intended to be a means of ongoing regular support, but is for bonafide emergencies only. Assistance for bonafide emergencies will be limited to a minimum of three months apart.


  2. A maximum of three grants will be allowed to any one person or family unit during enrollment at Regent University.


  3. The maximum amount available per student or family unit is not to exceed $300.00 per request.


  4. A student must be enrolled for at least one term before becoming eligible to receive a grant for the SEF.


  5. Students requesting assistance for a second time are required to make an appointment to receive financial counseling.  Contact Roger Cheeks, Director of Student Activities and Leadership, at 757-352-4486 or rogeche@regent.edu to schedule a counseling appointment.


  6. Exceptions to these guidelines will be considered by the SEF Committee on a case by case basis.

 

The Application Process

  1. The form must be filled out completely and in detail (unless the need is an immediate emergency financial crisis and the request is for not more than $50.00 - see Sections IV below). The complete form should be returned to the office of Student Services for evaluation by the SEF Committee.


  2. After the completed application has been received, it will be considered by the SEF Committee. If necessary the applicant may be contacted for further information. The Regent University Central Financial Aid Office and Business Office may also be contacted to obtain additional financial information concerning the applicant.


  3. After all necessary information has been obtained, the request will receive prayerful consideration by the SEF Committee.

 

Immediate Emergency Finanical Crises

Recognizing that various financial emergencies arise that require immediate attention (e.g. family without groceries, etc.), there is an Emergency Financial Crisis SEF process available. In special circumstances, students may receive an emergency grant not to exceed $50.00. The general guidelines as specified in Section II apply where applicable to the Emergency SEF process.

The process for obtaining an emergency financial crisis SEF grant requires completion of the SEF application.  Upon receipt in the Student Services Office, the application will be evaluated by two members of the SEF Committee. The applicant will be notified of a decision as soon as possible. In extreme emergencies, students may apply for emergency SEF assistance by a telephone call to 757-352-4103.

Contact

Roger Cheeks, Director of Student Activities and Leadership
rogeche@regent.edu
757-352-4486

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