Falcon Student Academic Financial Emergency (SAFE) Fund Request

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The Falcon Student Academic Financial Emergency (SAFE) fund is available to provide limited, one-time financial assistance to enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation.

How the Fund Operates

Fairmont State University campus partners will review submitted applications and determine any appropriate funding source and amount. Applicants may be required to provide additional information or take further steps as part of the application review. Existing financial aid is taken into consideration in determining any award.

While we attempt to support as many students as possible with emergency funding, we are not able to grant every request, or in other cases, offer the full amount requested.

Please note your request will be distributed immediately to campus partners for review. Given the complexity of individual circumstances and the volume of student requests, it may take 3-5 business days to receive a full response on your application. However, staff will be in contact in the interim to see if there are additional, non-financial, resources that may be of support.

Types of Expenses that May Be Covered

A range of circumstances may result in financial hardships. Typical expenses covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Medications or other health-related costs.
  • Rent, utilities, or other essential household expenses.
  • Books or other essential academic expenses.
  • Personal safety needs (e.g. changing a lock).
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to natural disaster, fire, theft, or other unforeseen circumstance.
  • Travel costs related to a death or serious illness in the immediate family.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be enrolled at Fairmont State University for the term the emergency aid is being requested.
  • Have temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency situation.
  • Have exhausted all federal student aid options (including student loans). Please note unwillingness to take out student loans does not constitute a financial hardship.
  • Be in good academic standing and maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress with the University.
  • As requested, be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship.

By signing this application, I hereby acknowledge that the information provided herein may be provided to a third party including, but not limited to, the Fairmont State Foundation who will be administering the award if any.