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Student Assistance Fund for Emergencies (SAFE)

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The Student Assistance Fund for Emergencies (SAFE) is a non-cash emergency fund initiative set up to provide one-time emergency assistance to matriculating students with short-term unexpected and or unavoidable financial emergencies. SAFE is designed to provide immediate financial relief for the following emergencies, but are not limited to:

Immediate, unexpected medications and other costs related to medical care

Safety needs (i.e., changing a lock, sheltering needs)

Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or a natural disaster (computer, books, clothing or other essential belongings)

Homelessness or the sudden loss of the student’s primary residence due to domestic violence, family trauma, mental health issues, catastrophic events or uninhabitable conditions.

Assistance with travel costs related to a death or illness in their immediate family.

Sudden or unexpected food insecurity due to unforeseen circumstances

Eligibility Requirements

The student must have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incidents.

The expense must be unexpected, unforeseen, and the urgent nature unavoidable.

The student must be enrolled in the current term, registered for at least one credit hour, and in good conduct standing at the University.

All other resources, including emergency loans and/or a financial aid readjustment through the Financial Aid Office, must have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.

The student must complete questions in full and submit supporting documentation.

Only one approved emergency fund request per student will be granted per academic year.

Students who have received one-time emergency assistance within the academic year of enrollment may not be eligible for additional assistance unless there are very unusual circumstances.

Students must have paid tuition to UNCG during the semester in which they submit a request for assistance.

Students whose immediate family members are a UNCG faculty or staff member such as a parent, sibling, spouse, or relative with whom they reside are not eligible for emergency assistance.

SAFE Funds Request

Students are eligible for one-time funding up to $500.00. Should an unusual circumstance arise, such as a natural or man-made disaster or pandemic, exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

SAFE Fund assistance will not be given for

Payment of tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs

Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft

Parking tickets

Costs associate with entertainment, recreation non-emergency travel, or other non-essential expenses

Previous debts to the University

Legal representation for a disciplinary proceeding

More than one emergency in an academic year

SAFE Fund Application Guidelines

Applicants must complete the SAFE Fund Application in its entirety and submit supporting documentation, where appropriate and possible. Applications that are not complete and do not have a student ID number provided will not be processed. Documentation may include but is not limited to, unemployment paperwork, proof of loss of a job, medical bills, bank statement, lease agreement with rent information, etc. It is the expectation that all statements, information, and documentation provided are truthful and accurate at the time of application.

Recommended Documentation:
*Submissions with no documentation will be automatically denied.
For Rent: Lease agreement and a rent payment history (both including the name of the student on the paperwork)

For Utilities: Current utility statements and a utility payment history (both including the name of the student on the paperwork)

For Food: Written documentation of why the student is food insecure and why UNCG/Community resources are not meeting needs (Spartan Open Pantry, local food banks, food stamps)

For Loss of Income: Letter from employer explaining employees’ status (as laid off, furloughed, loss of work hours, etc.) and pay stub history showing previous and current earnings

For Loss of Items: Police report indicating what items were stolen/damaged and when and documentation of costs of replacement items

For Medical Bills: Bill from the hospital including the date of hospitalization and the student’s name on the paperwork

Determination

A review committee composed of representatives from the Deans of Students Office, Division of Student Success, Cashier’s Office, and Financial Aid will review all applications for the SAFE FUND within 7-10 business days of application receipt. Eligibility requirements (noted above) will be reviewed, along with the level of need and availability of funds. The review committee will make a determination on whether the applicant qualifies and the appropriate funding amount to be awarded. Approved applicants will receive an email to their UNCG email address. Please note that the committee may not be able to fulfill all requests due to the availability of funds.

Disbursement

Any emergency funds awarded through SAFE Fund will not be applied to a student’s University account balance. Funding will be disbursed via direct deposit. To verify direct deposit information is accurate and/or to enroll in direct deposit, the student should log in to the Student Account Center through the secure area of UNCGenie. Otherwise, the funds will be processed as a paper check and mailed to the student. The turnaround time for disbursement will be longer for funds disbursed via check.  

Administrative Oversight

The Dean of Students Office will have direct oversight of the SAFE Fund, in collaboration with Financial Aid, the Cashier’s Office and the Division of Student Success

Submit an application to the SAFE Fund. Please remember to complete the form in its entirety. Questions related to requests for SAFE Funds can be directed to the Dean of Students Office via phone (336.334.5514) or email (deanofstudents@uncg.edu). 

SUBMIT APPLICATION HERE


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Student Story: Portia Washington

Portia Washington is a Psychology major, Resident Advisor, and Spartan Guide with an anticipated graduation date of May 2022. The Fayetteville, NC native is a Dean’s Scholarship recipient and a Fall 2019 McNair Scholar. She’s on the Chancellor’s List, and she earned a Bronze Leadership Challenge medallion, and is working on Silver. Her older sister graduated from UNCG 2013.

I chose to attend UNCG because…

It was the most sensible option at the time. I wanted to branch out from my city and the location seemed perfect. The proximity to other colleges and the atmosphere of the city was compelling to me. I chose to stay because I feel supported and uplifted in some way on this campus every day.

My favorite things to do on campus are…

My favorite things to do on campus are attend the ACE events (Spring Fling, Winterfest, etc) and go to the Kaplan Center.

My favorite place to study is…

The lab near the College Avenue entrance in the Library because there are two screens for each computer and its every efficient when I need to dissect research articles or I’m doing work that requires switching tabs because it helps me focus. Also, there’s something encouraging about seeing other students working around you.

My favorite professor is…

Dr. Wiley! He teaches PSY 310: Statistics in Behavioral Science Research and his dedication to helping his students is amazing. It’s evident that he prepares each lesson in depth and is able to make the material relatable enough to keep interest peaked and he utilizes novel resources such as games and quizzes that keeps our attention. He’s agreed to be my faculty mentor for the McNair program, and working with him in the CNSL Psychology Lab is one of the highlights of my coursework at UNCG.

If I knew I could not fail, I would…

perform a live speed paint. I’m an artist and I’ve always wanted to do a pageant, but unfortunately not many people would want to watch me paint during the talent portion. So, if I knew I couldn’t fail I would do one of those cool upside-down dramatic paintings that looks amazing when you turn it upright at the end of your performance.

What is your passion, and how are you committed to pursuing it?

I’m extremely passionate about everyone’s voice being heard. I despise being talked over, dismissed, or made to feel unimportant and I can’t stand to watch other people in those predicaments either. I’m studying psychology so I can pursue a career in psycholinguistics and contribute to research on populations that experience language disorders or difficulty with speech. My goal is to continue my dedication to service and advocate for everyone that’s felt overlooked and restore power to those people.

The one UNCG experience I will always remember will be…

The first time I participated in Fried Chicken Wednesday my first year at UNCG. The caf was bustling with people, there were a group of people at the fountain where some Greek organizations were strolling, and I vividly remember the moment I was laughing with my friends that I realized I felt at home.

Are there particular Division of Student Affairs offices that have made a significant impact on your time here?

Since I’ve had the opportunity to be an RA with Housing & Residence Life all the staff there have become people that I respect and appreciate. My supervisors (Briana Welsh and Demarcus Merritt) have been particularly encouraging and I’m grateful to them for their faith in me. All the HRL staff has become a family to me, and I’m excited to continue working with them.

What does student leader mean to you?

In my experience, being a student leader is about encouraging my peers. In all of my positions I’m very transparent about the exact steps I took to get there and the plans I have for the future. My goal as a leader is to make sure all my peers know what opportunities are available to them and how to take advantage of them in their entirety.

How do you think your campus involvement and student leadership experience has prepared you for life after UNCG?

Since being on campus, every club, organization, lecture, and job I’ve been a part of has given me the opportunity to learn from the amazing faculty and staff here. I know that since arriving here my ability to communicate has improved dramatically, whether that be in terms of advocating for myself and other through Housing and Residence Life or learning how to communicate research ideas through the psychology program.

How would you describe UNCG to a prospective student?

When I’m giving a campus tour and I’m asked to describe UNCG’s atmosphere I always say that it’s large enough that you can come out of your door and see someone different every time, but you won’t have to search too long for a familiar face. Being surrounded by peace is very important to me, and when prospective students ask, I always make it clear that this campus feels like home to me and many others, and it’s easy to get comfortable here.

In what ways have you experienced UNCG’s Culture of Care?

When I began my coursework in psychology in 2018, my mother suffered a quite debilitating stroke, and it changed the dynamic of my family drastically. Two of the psychology course I took (cognitive and behavioral psychology) were really difficult for me because the content focused heavily on a lot of the disorders that I’d experienced firsthand with my mother. The faculty for both of those courses and other faculty in general were always very understanding and respectful during discussions and always offered me a chance to share my input. Just having that space meant the world to me and contributed to my ability to cope with being far away from her in a major way.

What advice would you give to an incoming freshman?

Take advantage of everything this University has to offer. It’s easy to shy away from campus-wide opportunities because of the fear of failure but I believe the hardest part on the road to success if getting over the hurdle of your own doubt.