Student Emergency Relief Fund

The purpose of the Acts of Kindness – Student Emergency Relief Fund (“Fund”) is to provide appropriate relief to eligible students of The University of Alabama (“UA”) who experience a qualifying event or emergency.  The Fund shall strive to accomplish that purpose by:  

  • Encouraging supporters of UA to voluntarily support the Fund
  • Providing a mechanism for such support
  • Providing aid and support to UA students

Eligibility

Persons eligible for financial assistance shall be current students of the University, who are classified as full-time or part-time students.

Applications

To begin the application process, an student must contact Amelia Bomar in Student Care and Well Being at 205-348-2461 or scwb@ua.edu.

If the student appears to meet the basic guidelines, an appointment will be scheduled. The student will need to bring documentation of the qualifying event or emergency.

Qualifying Event or Emergency

Applicants of the Fund must have a documented event or emergency situation that has caused a financial hardship. This event or emergency must be an occurrence of any event or combination of circumstances or events that call for immediate action or any pressing need following a sudden and unexpected happening, the occurrence of which was wholly unforeseen by the applicant and beyond the employee's control. The event or emergency must directly impact the applicant. Events or emergencies directly affecting family members of applicants, with only an indirect effect on the applicant, are not qualifying events for which an award from the Fund will be made.

Examples of emergency situations that could be considered as a basis for assistance include but are not limited to: fire; natural disaster such as flood, tornado, etc. resulting in destruction of the primary residence (rental properties are excluded); loss of employment of spouse; death in immediate family if accompanied by other hardships; or life-altering accidents.

Other qualifying events include time-limited, specific events that place an applicant who otherwise was not experiencing financial distress in a position of temporary financial hardship. Temporary means that with the assistance of this Fund, the applicant could regain financial stability within a relatively short period of time. Longstanding financial problems not related to the time-limited, specific event do not meet the temporary hardship requirement and are not qualifying events for which an award from the Fund will be made.

Common life occurrences such as routine car and home repairs, car and home maintenance, legal fees, monthly bills, animal care, and living beyond one's means are not qualifying events for which an award from the Fund will be made. Also, financial hardships caused by garnishments, payday/title loans, and student loans do not qualify for assistance.

Standards to Provide Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is not intended to replace all losses or to reimburse the cost of nonessential, luxury, or decorative items or services.

Financial assistance should be gratuitous, measured solely by need or distress, not related to services rendered, and not necessarily designed to place the recipient in the same economic position as prior to the qualifying emergency or event.

Any benefit to the University from such financial assistance should be, at most, incidental and tenuous.

All financial assistance shall be distributed in compliance with UA's non-discrimination policy.

Rules and Procedures for the Acts of Kindness Student Emergency Fund

For details about the Policies and Procedures please click the link above.