Student assistance funds
We’re here to help with new opportunities and support when financial hardships jeopardize academic progress.
Finish Line Fund
We are excited to introduce "The Finish Line Fund," a program designed to support students in the home stretch of their B.S.W. or M.S.W. programs who may be facing financial challenges. The Finish Line Fund offers a one-time award of up to $3,000 to assist with tuition and fees. We understand the financial burdens that can sometimes accompany the pursuit of higher education, and this fund aims to help students successfully reach their academic finish line.
To be eligible for this award, students must meet certain criteria. Applicants should have successfully completed at least 6 credits in the upper-level B.S.W. Program or 12 credits in the M.S.W. Program. At the B.S.W. level, a major GPA of 3.0 or higher is required, while at the M.S.W. level, an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is necessary. We believe that this fund can provide crucial support to students who are academically strong but may be facing financial challenges. Students can submit an application and supporting documentation to receive funds from The Finish Line Fund.
Turning Tassels Together: Graduation Aid
This innovative fund recognizes the significance of this pivotal moment in students' educational journey and offers a helping hand in the form of a $500 scholarship. By alleviating some of the financial burdens associated with graduation, we are hoping to empower graduates to confidently step into the next chapter of their lives.
This initiative embodies the spirit of unity and shared achievement, fostering a sense of togetherness as students from diverse backgrounds unite to reach their educational milestones. Our hope is that this is not just a financial resource but a symbol of the collective support that surrounds B.S.W. and M.S.W. graduates as they prepare to turn their tassels and embark on a promising future.
Funds will be automatically applied to the accounts of eligible students who have applied to graduate each semester. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Global Social Work Enrichment Fund
Our Global Social Work Enrichment Fund is designed to empower you with a world of opportunities. With $2,000 in funding for any VCU social work student who attends a School of Social Work-sponsored study abroad course, you can embark on a transformative study abroad experience that will not only enhance your skills but also broaden your horizons. Don't miss this chance to invest in your future and become a more globally aware and effective social work practitioner.
Funds will be automatically applied to the accounts of students who apply for and are accepted to a study abroad program. Email email@example.com with questions.
Pay It Forward Fund
The Pay It Forward Emergency Fund was created to assist our social work students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency that would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at VCU.
More specifically, this emergency fund provides our students with financial support when faced with an unexpected, unforeseen and unavoidable emergency expense that may be related to an accident, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing. We acknowledge that students are often faced with life-altering circumstances that have the potential to derail successful progression. Our goal is to ensure our students have access to emergency resources during times of need – enabling them to stay in school and make progress toward their degree.
Currently enrolled social work students in the B.S.W., M.S.W. and Ph.D. programs may apply for funds for emergent financial needs. This funding is not intended to reimburse expenses that have already been paid, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid.
- Medications and other costs related to emergency medical care
- Books and other essential academic expenses
- Safety needs (i.e., changing a lock)
- Replacement of essential personal belongings or emergency housing needs, due to fire, theft or natural disaster
- Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family
- Emergency childcare costs
*This is not an exhaustive list, and other circumstances may apply.
- Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
- Regularly anticipated fixed expenses (i.e., rent)
- Parking tickets
- Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses
- Other anticipated expenses
- Applicants must have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident or other unexpected critical incident.
- The expense must be unexpected, unforeseen and the urgent nature unavoidable.
- Applicants must be currently enrolled students.
- All other university-related resources, including emergency loans through Scholarships and Student Aid, must have been considered and been deemed insufficient, unavailable or not available in a timely manner
- Applicants must complete all questions in full and submit supporting documentation.
- Applicants must be able to demonstrate their current financial need with supporting documentation.
Students who need emergency financial assistance should submit an application and supporting documentation. The Pay it Forward Committee, made up of staff members from the Office of Student Success, reviews the submitted applications and determines the appropriate funding amount.
Funds distributed do not generally exceed $500. The committee will review applications requesting in excess of $500 for unique and unusual circumstances of emergency financial need. Applicants may be required to meet with the associate dean for academic and student affairs or the director of advising and retention to discuss their application.
If you are currently receiving financial aid, please be aware that receiving funding from the Emergency Fund may affect your future aid packages and funds received will be taxed as income. For questions related to how accepting emergency funding may impact your future financial aid, please contact financial counselor Miriam Tice at firstname.lastname@example.org or schedule an appointment with him. For information on the application, please contact the Office of Student Success at email@example.com or schedule an appointment with your student success advisor.
- Students will be presented with a check in the award amount designated by the Pay it Forward Committee.
- Students must provide receipts and/or documentation reflecting payment toward identified emergency or reimbursement no later than 10 days after funds have been dispersed.
- While students do not need to repay this financial assistance, it may be considered as taxable income and subject to federal tax regulations.