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College Crusade COVID-19 Emergency Fund Guidelines



The College Crusade has raised funds to support students in the midst of the COVID-19 global pandemic. These funds enhance the Emergency Fund that was created in 2016 to help students with financial assistance in a serious time of need. Crusaders may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources and all other options have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.

The spirit of this funding is primarily to support emergency circumstances. Each funding request will be reviewed and considered on a first-come, first-served basis. Emergency funding is limited to $500 per student. Students will be eligible to receive funding through the College Crusade Emergency Fund one time per school year.

Crusaders will be asked to complete an online Emergency Fund Application, provide appropriate documentation as part of the application process, and have a consultation with a College Crusade Success Coach or Advisor.

Once an Emergency Fund request has been approved, we expect that Crusaders will submit appropriate receipts and/or documentation of need when applicable.

Examples of qualifying needs include, but are not limited to:

  • Textbooks or other school-related expenses.
  • Technology (software, access codes etc.)
  • Transportation (train, bus tickets, etc.)
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Money for housing deposits
  • Educational supplies
  • Assistance with utilities because of an emergency situation
  • Automobile repairs causing an interruption to academic progress
  • Unexpected emergency medical costs
  • Storage for belongings when away from college

Examples of expenses not covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Parking tickets
  • Nonemergency travel
  • Nonessential expenses
  • Nonessential utilities, household or furniture costs
  • Study abroad costs
  • Tuition and housing costs

Crusaders who are eligible for emergency funding:

  • Must be enrolled as a full-time or part time student at a two-year or four-year institution or be a high school senior planning to enroll in a two- or four-year postsecondary institution in Fall 2020
  • Must be in good academic standing (CGPA 2.0 minimum).
  • Must demonstrate financial hardship that is due to an emergency situation, or for unanticipated and compelling circumstances that jeopardize the student’s ability to successfully continue in school.
  • Must have considered and used other sources of funding as appropriate, such as from the institution theyattend, unless not available in a timely manner.
  • Need to have preliminary meeting, in person or over the phone, with a college success coach before they would receive consideration for funding.
  • Agrees to submit appropriate receipts and/or documentation of need when applicable.

To apply for funding, Crusaders should fill out the emergency fund application.


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