Scholarship America

In Partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and Scholarship America, Bluefield State University now offers eligible students emergency funding. The university will award emergency grants of up to $1,000 per calendar year to eligible students experiencing a financial emergency—defined as an unforeseen expense that, if not resolved quickly, could lead to the student’s departure from the university and a loss of momentum toward completion.


Who Can Apply

  1. Be a degree-seeking student and meet your institution’s satisfactory academic progress requirements as of the date of the award.
  2. Be enrolled during the academic term in which the Emergency Aid grant is awarded.
  3. Complete an Emergency Aid application using the Scholarship America portal (see below) and include documentation of the expenses.

What's Covered

  1. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, transportation and childcare.
  2. Non-eligible school expenses: parking, fines, tuition, books, supplies and required tools/equipment.
  3. Examples of documentation: For a car repair, a student should provide a mechanic’s estimate. For backup childcare, a student should provide a bill from the backup childcare provider.

How To Apply

The Emergency Fund Committee will decide on your application within 2 business days of all documentation being provided, and all questions the committee has being answered by the applicant. You may be required to meet with a university official in person to complete this process. Payments to the person or organization for which you are trying to access payment, if approved, will be made within two business days of the decision.

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