Unexpected family and life related emergencies have the potential to irreparably derail a student’s pursuit of academic success at UNC Asheville. The Student Emergency Fund (SEF) is a collaborative effort between the Division of Student Affairs, the Division of University Advancement, and the Division of Academic Affairs to financially assist students who may be faced with significant life altering emergencies such as the death of a family member, significant medical emergency/accident involving a family member, serious illness, parent sudden loss of job, student sudden loss of job (not related to poor performance by the student or student electing to leave job) or other urgent, life altering situation.
Students may apply for assistance when they have exhausted all other resources. Funds distributed are based upon approved requests. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and may impact the aid package a student is awarded. The assistance a student received from the SEF does not have to be repaid, however the student is encouraged, if able at some point to repay or donate to the fund. Available funding is solely dependent upon the donations received from the campus community and friends of the University.