The Los Rios Student Emergency Fund provides immediate financial assistance (usually within 24 hours) to students involved in catastrophic or unexpected emergency situations.
We don't want life to get in the way of your progress towards a certificate or degree, and these one-time grants come with no repayment obligations.
Students must be able to provide documentation showing they have a temporary financial need resulting from a sudden, unexpected situation. In addition, students must:
- Be in “Good Standing”
- Have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher
- Be currently enrolled in at least six units at a Los Rios college
- Have completed at least one semester at a Los Rios and taken a minimum of six units
- Have completed less than 60 units total at the Los Rios colleges
- Have identified and be making progress toward an academic goal
- Not be on academic probation of any kind
- Have considered other possible resources (such as insurance, financial aid, or funding from other service organizations) and have been found to be unavailable or insufficient
- Have not previously received student emergency funds
Student emergency funds are not available for ongoing support. The application will ask students to provide a plan that shows they will be able to move successfully forward after they have received support from the student emergency fund.
Exceptions to these guidelines will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
The following are examples of expenses that may be covered:
- Travel costs related to sudden death or illness of an immediate family member
- Safety-related needs, such as changing a lock on a vehicle or home
- Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, natural disaster, or theft that are not covered by insurance or other agency
- Costs related to medical care that are not covered by insurance or other agency
- Academic expenses that are not related to delays in receiving financial aid
The emergency fund cannot provide financial assistance for everyday expenses that are ongoing and not the result of an emergency, regardless of financial need. The following are examples of expenses that are not covered:
- Tuition, lab expenses, health insurance, study abroad costs
- Non-essential utilities, entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel, or other non-essential expenses
- Household items, personal belongings, or furniture costs
- Costs for regular bills or recurring expenses
- Debt, fines, or restitution owed from criminal or civil court cases
- Penalties and interest on past due bills
How to Apply
Students can get an application at the following campus locations:
American River College
Student Support Services
Contact: Kolleen Ostgaard
Cosumnes River College
Student Support Center
Contact: Shelly Charron
Folsom Lake College
Welcome & Student Success Center
Contact: Angie Williams
Sacramento City College
Contact: Ramona Cobian
A student may receive a maximum of one student emergency fund grant of up to $1,500 during all combined enrollments at the Los Rios colleges. All awards are contingent upon the availability of limited funds, provided through generous donations.
Brittany Tipton didn’t believe she was cut out for college. “I didn’t think I was going to be able to go to college, I didn’t think I would be able to get through college, so I joined the Marine Corps, ended up blowing out my knee and came home. [The Marine Corps] changed the way I thought about the world, the way I thought about myself as a person.”
After Brittany returned home, she decided to enroll in American River College, in large part because of the large veteran population. She credits much of her success so far at ARC to Mike Robinson and the Veterans Resource Center. “Mike Robinson is a huge support at ARC. I wouldn’t still be in school without him. [The] Veterans Resource Center helps students all the way through. Not many colleges have that.”
Despite the support she received from the Veterans Resource Center, Brittany unexpectedly found herself homeless and faced with the choice of paying bills or buying food. She applied for a grant from the Veteran Student Emergency Fund and was awarded $450 to help her buy food and move into safe housing. It allowed her to stop stressing and be able to focus on school.
“I encourage anyone who needs it to apply. Without that boost, I wouldn’t have been able to stay in school full-time and work full-time,” says Brittany. “I can get through the day because I know I have somewhere safe to sleep at night.”
Brittany expects to finish her degrees in Paramedics and Fire Technology in a few years, and then hopes to get hired at a Fire Department. With a few years of experience under her belt, she then plans to take the investigators exam.
There are a variety of resources available to students in an emergency situation. Visit your financial aid or student services office for more information.