Supplemental and Emergency Funding
Generous contributions from alumni, parents and friends of the College allow the Office of the Dean of Students to offer limited financial support to students for emergencies, special programs, test prep, supplies, travel and unanticipated events. These funds do not have to be repaid but the College hopes that one day when a beneficiary of this support is in a position to pay this forward, they will.
Our office receives requests and typically considers them on a weekly basis. For more pressing emergencies, students should contact their individual dean. You can identify your dean here.
Factors taken into account when considering awards:
- Whether a student is on financial aid (most funds are restricted for students on aid)
- Whether a student has previously received support from these funds
- Extenuating or specific circumstances
Note: Each year, demand exceeds available funding, and in most cases these monies will not cover the entire cost of an event or emergency. These funds are not a replacement for financial aid, and are intended to cover incidental and unexpected expenses of modest amounts. Additionally, requesting and/or receiving supplemental or emergency funds will not affect a student’s annual financial aid award.
Following is a list of some types of assistance students have requested in the past. Requests for supplemental emergency assistance are not limited to those on this list:
- Travel1 (can include bus, train, car, and/or air; emergency travel; potential transportation to and from job or internship interviews)
- Urgent medical expenses or urgent dental expenses not covered by insurance
- Eyeglass replacement; contact lenses
- Hearing aids
- Textbooks, supplies, and course materials (see below)2
- Art supplies
- Test prep materials (GREs, LSAT, MCAT)
- Winter coat and boots (up to $350.00)
- Courses while away on academic suspension
- Certain language lessons
Expenses Not Covered by the Supplemental and Emergency Fund:
- Tuition, fees or study abroad costs
- Computer purchases
- Transportation to/from school or work
- Non-essential personal bills such as: current utility, credit card, cable or cell phone bills
- Parking tickets, library fines, or similarly preventable expenses
Requests are considered every week during the academic year and students will be contacted by their dean via campus email to discuss individual requests. Emergency requests may be considered in a more timely way. Please contact your dean directly if you require a response because of an immediate emergency financial need.
Once notified, students will work with staff from the Office of the Dean of Students to ascertain the quickest and easiest way to meet the approved financial request.
- For domestic students living outside of New England and New York, travel home is considered part of a student’s financial aid budget. The amount added to the student’s budget is estimated to cover three round trips during the course of the year. The Emergency Travel Fund is intended to help aided students who have emergency travel needs above and beyond the allowance already included in determining their financial aid award. International students should confer with Dean Khoa Khuong regarding emergency travel.
- The student aid office includes $420 per semester for textbooks, supplies, and course materials in each student’s cost of attendance, and these are considered the student’s responsibility. Requests for textbooks and supplies will be considered when the total semester materials bill exceeds $420.