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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.


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. 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 in good standing with the college may apply.

Application Procedure​

Please note that the Committee is no longer accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year. Students can apply for the fall 2018 semester beginning August 20, 2018.

If you need assistance, please consider accessing these campus resources:

Financial Aid: could potentially offer an emergency loan or review existing financial aid packages; lots of resources also listed on the Financial Aid website

All students at the college are assigned to a professional financial aid counselor according to the first letter of the student's last name. Current caseload assignments are listed below.

Staff Member

First Letter of Last Name

Nancy Bessette, Financial Aid Officer -

B, C, K, L, W through Z

Kristen Eastwood, Associate Director -

I, M, S through V

Vanessa Pelli, Financial Aid Officer -

A, O through R

Debora Gray, Assistant Director -

D through H, J, N


Short-Term Loans

  • Students with financial aid that exceeds direct charges (i.e. tuition, fees, room and board) may be eligible to receive a line of credit towards purchases in the Rhode Island College Bookstore.
  • Applications must be submitted on-line using the student self-service section of their MyRIC account (Campus Finances – Apply Bookstore Line of Credit).

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)


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​.

RICochet Application can be found HERE:


Page last updated: June 08, 2018