WildCats Supporting WildCats is a way for students, staff, and faculty to support students who are experiencing emergencies that may impact their overall well-being and ability to be successful in college.
The WildCat Emergency Microgrants program is designed to provide assistance to students experiencing immediate financial hardships resulting from emergency situations such as accidents, illness or death of a family member, fire damage, or other unexpected critical incident. This fund is meant to promote goodwill among students and the broader campus community by providing awards to students in one-time increments (typically $500 or less) based on need.This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, to replace or supplement existing financial aid, or to serve as a debt diversion program.
Please note that students are expected to exhaust all other available resources (payment plans, additional aid, assistance from family/friends, other personal resources) prior to submitting a microgrant fund request. If you have a financial aid question, please contact the Financial Aid Office, firstname.lastname@example.org or 434-947-8128.
Only currently enrolled students qualify to receive this award, and grants are only available once per academic year. As this is not a loan, students are not expected to repay any award they qualify to receive. This fund will not provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses. An Emergency Fund Committee, made up of staff members from the Dean of Students Office, Business Office, and Financial Aid Office, reviews the submitted applications and determines the appropriate funding amount.
Examples of expenses generally covered:
Examples of expenses the Microgrants do NOT cover:
Students must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial need (e.g. billing statements, receipts, repair estimates, etc.).
If you have questions about the Emergency Microgrant program or application process, contact Donna Burckhard in the Office of the Dean of Students at email@example.com or 434.947.8895.
A student can be considered for an Emergency Microgrant by filling out an online application. The online application is confidential but does require disclosure for verification of information. For questions about the process, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are reviewed weekly by a team with members from the Dean of Students Office, Business Office, and Financial Aid Office. The decision of the awarding of the grants will happen on a rolling basis. If students have a firm date for needed assistance, they should include that in the application. If the application is approved, the student will receive an email to Randolph account.
Awarded students will have the money deposited in their bank account. If they do not have direct deposit, they should sign up at the time of application (EFT authorization form). If students do not have a bank account, talk with the DOS contact above to explore other options. Payments by direct deposit are processed no later than the Friday following the approved request and receipt of a Form W-9 from the student.
International Students: 14% of the awarded amount may be deducted for income tax withholding. Assessment is based on the student’s residency status for tax purposes and provisions of any tax treaty between the U.S. and the student’s country of residence.
The food pantry is located in Moore Hall Room 107. Please be aware that the Food Pantry is stocked through an agreement with Parkview Community Mission and is typically restocked every Thursday afternoon.
In order to make sure that we are maintaining an adequate inventory, please ensure the following whenever you use the food pantry:
Please reach out to the Dean of Students Office if you have any questions, comments, or concerns and Go WildCats!