Student Emergency Funding

In Partnership with the U.S. Department of Education and Scholarship America Bluefield State College now offers eligible students emergency funding. The college 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 college and a loss of momentum toward completion.

To apply for an Emergency Aid grant, students should:

  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 their expenses following these guidelines:
    1. Eligible expenses include but are not limited to utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, transportation and childcare.
    2. Not eligible are expected school expenses such as 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.

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 college 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.

Begin your application for Student Emergency Funding here: