South CARES Student Emergency Fund

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We know students sometimes encounter unforeseen, catastrophic events which can create financial emergencies and may prevent them from continuing their education. In response, USA has created the South CARES Student Emergency Fund to assist students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation. 

The fund is designated to off-set a short-term financial need and is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid. Students must have utilized all federal financial aid options and meet additional criteria outlined below in order to be considered.

We understand that every student’s situation is unique and each request will be considered carefully and confidentially.  Generally, funds will be within an average range of $50 to $500 per request and will be added to the student's university account for disbursement. These funds do not need to be repaid.

To Apply

South CARES Assistance Request

A student's assistance request should include a brief description of the specific need and a statement of how the emergency situation has caused a financial hardship or is impacting their current academic semester.

A USA South CARES Advocate will reach out and schedule a confidential one-on-one appointments in-person or via Zoom. 

Students in the College of Medicine may access the COM CARES program here.

▼   Types of expenses generally considered, including but not limited to:
  • Required books or other course-related supplies
  • Replacement of essential academic equipment due to theft, fire, or other disaster
  • Temporary food or housing insecurity
  • Emergency medical treatment/medication when the costs cannot be covered by insurance
  • Travel related costs related to death or illness in immediate family
  • Car repairs
▼   Types of expenses generally not considered, including but not limited to:
  • Tuition, fees, and study abroad expenses
  • Parking tickets or other fines
  • Entertainment, recreation, and non-emergency travel
  • Non-essential household or personal expenses
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft.
  • Regularly anticipated fixed expenses (i.e. rent).
  • Other expenses due to overspending
▼   Eligibility Requirements:
  • must be classified as degree seeking undergraduate or graduate student,
  • be enrolled at least half-time and/or registered for the maximum number of credits required by program,
  • must demonstrate financial need,
  • must be in good academic standing (Students currently on financial aid warning, probation, or suspension will not be considered.),
  • must have a current FAFSA on file, and
  • have exhausted all other forms of aid. 

The USA South CARES Student Emergency Fund is made possible through generous donations from USA faculty, staff, alumni and donors. These monetary donations make a difference in the lives of our students in times of hardship and are greatly appreciated.