Student emergency funds assist Carolina students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing. Currently enrolled students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources (payment plans, additional student aid, assistance from family/friends, other personal resources). This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, to serve as a debt diversion program, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid. If funds are granted, they do not have to be repaid.
This list offers just some examples of possible expenses covered by the Student Emergency Fund. If the reason you are seeking funds is not listed below, that does not mean it won't be considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit a request for funds so that we can fully evaluate your situation and determine how we can help.
This list offers some examples of expenses that would not be covered by the Student Emergency Fund but is not exhaustive:
Students who are in need of emergency financial assistance may submit an application and supporting documentation to the Dean of Students office. The Dean of Students office works with the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid (OSSA) to review applications and determine eligibility. Information submitted in the SEF will be shared with OSSA for the purpose of determining SEF eligibility. Applicants are often required to meet with a staff member in the Dean of Students office to discuss their application. If you are currently receiving financial aid, please be aware that receiving funding from these emergency funds may affect your future aid packages and funds received will be reported on the 1098T as a scholarship for tax purposes. For information on the application please contact our office at 919-966-4042.
The number of students who can be served by the Student Emergency Fund is subject to the availability of funds. The fund must be sustained by continual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University.