New College of Florida offers emergency funding options to students in emergency and crisis situations.
Requesting Emergency Assistance
When a student decides to apply for funding, the student will first meet with the Financial Success Coach or another member of the New College Emergency Fund Committee. After the initial meeting and the student submits their application, the New College Emergency Fund Committee will meet to review and determine the amount of funding, if approved. After the committee meeting, the student will be notified in an in-person meeting. Based on the student’s self-disclosed financial crisis, the Financial Success Coach or another appropriate member of the Student Support Team and/or New College Emergency Fund Committee will guide the student through the process as well as the emergency or crisis situation. Requests for emergency assistance are considered on the basis of what is recognized as an emergency by the committee. As such, the New College Emergency Fund Committee considers each request separately. The fund is sustained by monetary contributions.
Criteria for Applying to New College Emergency Fund
- Be an actively enrolled New College of Florida student.
- Be able to demonstrate an urgent financial need. (Supporting documentation will be required).
- Appropriate documentation includes eviction/foreclosure notice, utility cut-off notice, medical bill, etc. and all must be submitted with the application.
- Must have exhausted all sources of financial assistance and financial aid.
Recognized Emergency Categories
Requests for emergency assistance will be considered on the basis of what is recognized as an emergency, in the following categories:
- Food: when the food pantry is not an option because of closure, the student has expended their food allotment, or is in greater need (i.e., supporting a family.)
- Shelter: this includes possible eviction from present housing; in extreme cases, rent assistance on housing when legitimately unable to make a payment on own; to aid in case of disaster.
- Utilities: to prevent utilities from being disconnected during an emergency situation. (Phone bills are not considered a utility.)
- Transportation: to aid in costly repairs only when car is necessary to continue employment; aid not to include car payments, insurance premiums, taxes or normal maintenance and repair charges.
- Deaths: to aid in travel expenses surrounding the death of immediate family (spouse, mother, father, child, legal guardian, mother-in-law, father-in-law, brother, sister.)
- Medical: to aid students in a recent medical emergency not reimbursable by insurance or where insurance coverage does not apply. Routine preventative health expenses are not eligible.
- Other: pending approval, must provide explanation.
*These are general guidelines and each request will be reviewed by the Committee.
The first step in the application process is to schedule to meet with Ceci Linton, the Financial Success Coach to discuss your situation. Using this link, schedule a time that works for you.
After an initial meeting with the Financial Success Coach or another member of the New College Emergency Fund Committee, the student will complete the online application form and supply necessary additional documentation. Applicants may be required to submit additional supporting documentation as deemed necessary by the Committee to receive final approval of the request. All funds awarded will be disbursed to the student via check or third party vendor pending committee decision. Receipts may be required from a vendor if paid directly to the vendor.
Students are required to provide proof of financial hardship such as bank statements, bills, shelter documentation, and/or legal notices providing evidence of their financial emergency. Additionally, each student’s financial records will be reviewed.