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RIC Student Emergency Funds


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides emergency funds to colleges and universities, including Rhode Island College, to directly support students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This federal funding is designed to prioritize students with the greatest need. We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused considerable disruptions and presents unparalleled challenges for many students and their families, and we are committed to delivering these funds as quickly as possible.

The amount Rhode Island College received is largely based on the number of full-time students who are eligible for Pell Grants and federal scholarships for low-income students. In total, it is anticipated Rhode Island College will receive approximately $3.7 million to provide students as emergency financial aid grants. These emergency financial aid grants will provide emergency support for eligible expenses that include costs associated with attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare.

The distribution of these funds is based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and a Task Force established by the College, with priority given to students who demonstrate significant financial need. 

The following link to RIC CARES Act FAQ’s will provide additional information and to access the Emergency Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Request Form.

Student Emergency Funds

Students facing unforeseen financial circumstances that jeopardize their ability to continue in school may request emergency funding.

Before requesting emergency funding, please consider other available resources which can be found on Community Resources document created by Learning for Life at

To request funding, students can complete the Student Emergency Funds Request Form​.

After completing the form, students are encouraged to meet with a Learning for Life Navigator who can help them explore available resources to address their needs. Navigators will also work with students to create long and short terms goals to help them prevent or prepare for similar situations in the future.

Preference for Student Emergency Funds will be given to RIC students who:

  • Are enrolled or have plans to enroll as a result of funding as a degree student
  • Are in good academic standing (CGPA 2.0 minimum)
  • Demonstrate financial hardship due to an emergency situation, or for unanticipated and compelling circumstances that jeopardize the student’s ability to successfully continue in school
  • Have considered and utilized other sources of funding as appropriate, such as recommended student loans, unless not available in a sufficiently timely manner.
  • Students who have not received emergency funds in the past.

Expenses that will be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Educational supplies
  • Childcare
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Transportation

Students will be asked to provide appropriate documentation as part of the application process.

Student emergency funding is provided by the RIC Alumni Association, Barnes & Noble Bookstore, RIC Foundation, Learning for Life, and the Military Resource Center.​

If you have any questions about the Student Emergency Funds request or process, contact Joise Garzon, Director of Learning for Life, at​ or (401) 456-6320.

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, Building 6, Lower Level, East Campus
  • Counseling Center (services are free and confidential): (401) 456-8094, Browne Hall
  • Disability Services Center (arranges 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
  • Military Resource Center (The Military 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, Student Union 205 (Student Veterans Organization is located in Student Union 422)
  • 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 (assistance with taking a leave of absence, withdrawing from the College, extended absences, and communicating with faculty members regarding extenuating circumstances): (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​

Page last updated: August 31, 2020