Student Emergency Funds

Student Aid

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

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.

Rhode Island College also received federal dollars associated with the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) I, II, and III.  These funds directly support students whose lives and educations have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.


There are limited student emergency funds available for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Please complete the Student Emergency Funds Request form to be considered for assistance and to be connected to a Learning for Life team member.

Examples of Qualifying Costs

Tuition & Fees

Students can choose to apply the funds directly to their RIC student account to pay tuition charges that were incurred after December 27, 2020.

Textbooks & Course Materials

Students can choose to use the funds to purchase textbooks, course materials or other supplies they need for their classes.

Technology for Learning

Students can choose to use the funds to help with the purchase of technology used for taking courses.

For example, students who borrowed technology from the User Support Services IT Help Center or Adams Library for online learning may choose to use the funds toward acquiring their own personal technology to keep going forward.

Pandemic-Related Expenses

Examples of emergency costs causes by the Coronavirus pandemic include:

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Healthcare (including mental health care)
  • Childcare
  • Transportation


This legislation provides colleges and universities with emergency aid to assist students whose lives and educations have been impacted by the pandemic.

Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act


This program offers support for higher education institutions by issuing emergency grants to students facing expenses due to COVID-19.

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Office of Financial Aid

The mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid is to assist students and their families in funding educational costs at Rhode Island College.