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RICochet Emergency Grant Fund

Emergency financial assistance for Rhode Island College students funded by the RIC Alumni Association and generous donors.

Background

The Rhode Island College Alumni Association established this fund in December 1994. Its purpose is to assist students with financial emergencies so that they may remain in college and successfully graduate. Need-based grants of up to $1,000 will be made to cover such emergencies as educational expenses, health, housing, and child care. Any matriculated RIC student who is enrolled in courses and in good standing with the college may apply. Exceptions to the enrollment criteria may be made during the add/drop period to assist students with lifting a Financial Hold on their account.

Application Procedure​

Students can apply for the 2018-2019 fund beginning August 27, 2018.  Applications are accepted and reviewed throughout the academic year, until the fund has been exhausted.   

RICochet Application can be found on this webpage. On the application students are asked to provide the following information:

  • GPA
  • Number of credits completed
  • How would this scholarship help you to be successful at RIC?
  • How have you tried to cover these expenses? What other resources have you explored?
  • How do you plan to cover these expenses in the future?
  • Name and email of a faculty or staff reference

Students with a GPA of at least a 2.5 are given preferential consideration. Preference is also given to students who will not be able to continue their studies unless they receive immediate financial assistance.

Please note that before the RICochet Committee reviews the applications, students meet with a Learning for Life Navigator to explore all possible resources to address their needs.  This system ensures that students receive individualized attention and support in overcoming any barriers to completing their Rhode Island College degree.

If you have questions about the application process or need immediate assistance, please contact Marissa Weiss in the Office of Student Life at 401-456-8149 or mweiss@ric.edu​​.​​


Please note that there are numerous offices at RIC, which provide a variety of support services. 

  • Career Development Center (assistance in finding both on and off campus employment, as well as selecting a major that matches future career goals): (401) 456-8031, Roberts 117
  • Counseling Center (services are free and confidential): (401) 456-8094, modular office by Browne HallDisability Services Center (arranges for accommodations for students with documented disabilities): (401) 456-2776, Fogarty Life Science 137
  • Financial Aid: (401) 456-8033, Building 3
  • ]Health Services (provides confidential and holistic primary health care; students do not need Student Health Insurance to access services): (401) 456-8055, Browne Hall
  • Institutional Equity (Title IX and Affirmative Action): (401) 456-8387, Roberts Hall
  • Learning for Life (wraparound services for students facing barriers to success; services include Navigator support mentors and linkages to on and off campus resources): (401) 456-6320, Adams Library first floor
  • OASIS (tutoring, academic advising): (401) 456-8083, Adams Library first floor
  • Student Community Government, Inc. (along with serving as the voice of the student body, has a lawyer on retainer to provide free legal advice to students): (401) 456-8088, Student Union 401
  • Student Life: (401) 456-8061, Student Union 408
  • Unity Center (College’s multicultural center including the LGBTQ+ Office, International Students Office and the Women’s Center - dedicated to making the educational experience equitable and promoting cultural awareness; offers student lounges, academic resources, cultural events, access to information and referrals, and student leadership development): (401) 456-8791, Donovan Dining Center Lower Level
  • Veterans Resource Center (The Veterans Resource Center provides support to military connected students adjusting to higher education. It is a clearinghouse for information on programs and services available to veterans): (401) 456-8449, Building 5 lower level (Student Veterans Organization is located in Student Union 422)

Scholarships:

RIC Alumni Association scholarships

RI Foundation list of scholarships

RIC Foundation scholarships

Scholarships for student parents


Applications are processed during fall and spring semesters. Students with a GPA of at least a 2.5 are given preferential consideration. All requests will be acted upon promptly by the RICochet Emergency Grant Committee in conjunction with the Office of Financial Aid.

If you have questions about the application process or need immediate assistance, please contact Marissa Weiss in the Office of Student Life at 401-456-8149 or mweiss@ric.edu​.

RICochet Application can be found HERE: http://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/IH6eU6vnazx17w9ScikoqAt

Page last updated: September 18, 2018