The Student Emergency Hope Fund provides limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship.
Average award amounts range from $25 to $200 per student and are typically only awarded once. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Some funds may be considered income and are therefore subject to federal taxes.
The Student Emergency Hope Fund is made possible through support from the offices of Student Life and Institutional Advancement, as well as the generous donations students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Types of Expenses Considered
Examples of expenses that may be considered for funding include:
- Perishable food items
- Vehicle gas or repairs
- Child care
- Books and other essential academic expenses
- Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock, emergency shelter, etc.)
Expenses that may not be considered for funding (at this time) include:
- Medication/prescription expenses
- Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs.
- Regularly anticipated fixed expenses (i.e. rent, utilities).
- Parking or traffic tickets.
- Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses.
- Other anticipated expenses.
Students seeking financial assistance from the Student Emergency Hope Fund must be currently enrolled and able to provide documentation of their financial hardship. Students seeking assistance during summer sessions, or are a first-time first-semester enrolled student, and are not enrolled, but are registered for fall courses may qualify for assistance.
Applying for Emergency Assistance
Students who are in need of emergency financial assistance may submit an application and supporting documentation to the Office of the Student Life via the electronic form below. Once an application is received, the file and submitted documentation is immediately forward to the Student Hope Emergency Fund Committee. Members are encouraged to review and approve the request within twenty-four (24) hours. After the request has been approved by the committee, either the Director of Student Life or the Development/ Major Gift Officer will contact the student about receiving the funds directly.
Funds may be distributed via check to student, check to vendor, or release of cash/ gift card. The Director of Student Life and the Development/ Major Gift Officer will evaluate each request individually to determine the most expedient and responsible method of distributing funds.
Hope Fund Oversight
The Student Emergency Hope Fund was created by the Student Government Association in the Spring of 2020, as a service project to assist students in immediate need of assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses that directly hinders the student’s academic success; including, access to college resources, class attendance, access to food or shelter, or threats to health and safety.
The Hope Fund is overseen by a Student Hope Emergency Fund Committee that consists of nine faculty, staff and students representing each campus, and co-chaired by the Director of Student Life and the Development/ Major Gift Officer.
To review the operating procedures adopted by the Student Senate on January 27, 2020 by Resolution 015 (AY2019-2020), click here.
Donate to the Hope Fund
The Student Emergency Hope Fund is made possible through support from the offices of Student Life and Institutional Advancement, as well as the generous donations of students, faculty, staff and community members.
Office of Student Life
Dr. Eugene McKay Student Center
610 N Pecan Street
Beebe, AR 72012