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Relief monies available for UH-MC students

Urgent Student Relief Fund aims to help with unplanned emergency expense

The Maui News

Additional funding is available to help University of Hawaii students from any campus — including UH-Maui College — with unexpected financial hardships while enrolled and to ensure students have the ability to continue their education.

According to a UH news release, requests for the Urgent Student Relief Fund must be for an unplanned emergency expense that has or is currently impacting a student’s ability to be successful at UH.

The funding is not a replacement for financial aid.

Approved awards are generally between $100 and $500, and the amounts are based on the type of request and urgency of the situation. Amounts greater than $500 may be approved on a case-by-case basis.

Students can apply online and will need to attach supporting documentation, such as receipts, bill statements or estimates of anticipated emergency costs.

Examples of unexpected financial hardships include costs associated with an unanticipated situation or emergency, loss of employment or housing, family emergencies, natural disasters or pandemics, food insecurity, medical/dental expenses or changes to child care or transportation needs.

To be eligible, students have to be currently enrolled at one or more of the UH campuses in a credit-based certificate or degree program during this summer semester and have a temporary financial need resulting from an unexpected emergency event that can be documented.

Preference will be given to students graduating in the summer and/or those who have the intention to return to UH in the fall semester.

Submission of an application does not guarantee that an award will be granted and is dependent on the individual situation and available funding. Students may only receive one award within an academic year.

The Urgent Student Relief Fund assistance does not need to be repaid but may be subject to federal taxes.

Applicants will be notified via email of funding decisions from their campus committee shortly following their application review. UH is anticipating a large number of applications for Urgent Student Relief due to COVID-19, and communication may be delayed.

For fastest processing, UH officials recommend creating an eRefund account so that awarded funding can be deposited directly into a bank account. Otherwise, a check will be sent to a mailing address.

All students are still encouraged to complete a FAFSA and apply for other types of financial aid if they have not done so already.

For more information on how to apply and what requirements are involved, visit go.hawaii.edu/AiQ, or contact UH-MC Assistant Marilyn Fornwall via email at maui

fund@hawaii.edu or by phone at 984-3261.

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