Student Emergency Fund

The Los Rios Student Emergency Fund provides immediate financial assistance to Los Rios students involved in catastrophic or emergency situations involving an event which is sudden and unexpected.

The purpose of the program is to assist students who are temporarily in need so that their continued academic progress towards a certificate, degree or transfer is not adversely affected by the emergency.  All awards are contingent upon the availability of limited funds, provided through generous donations. The Emergency Fund cannot provide financial assistance for normal, everyday expenses that are ongoing and not the result of an emergency, regardless of financial need.

There are a variety of resources available to a student in an emergency situation.  Please first visit your Financial Aid or Counseling Services offices for more information on the types of services that may be available to you.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have a temporary need resulting from a sudden, unexpected emergency event and must be able to provide sufficient documentation indicating that the situation meets this requirement.
  • Applicants must be in “Good Standing” and must have a 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled in at least 6 units at a Los Rios college.
  • Applicants need to have completed at least one semester with a minimum of 6 units.
  • Applicants with more than 60 units will not be considered.
  • Applicants must have identified and made progress toward a realistic academic goal (student may not be on academic probation of any kind).
  • Other possible resources (such as insurance, financial aid or funding from other services organizations) must have been considered and have been found to be unavailable or insufficient.  Please show evidence or address in questions if applicable.
  • A maximum of one award will be allowed to any one student during all combined enrollments at Los Rios colleges.
  • Because this is not, nor is it intended to be, ongoing support, a plan should be included in the application that demonstrates that the student will be able to move successfully forward following an award.
  • Exceptions to these guidelines will be considered on a case-by-case scenario.

Types of Covered Expenses

Typical emergency-situation expenses that may be covered include but are not limited to:

  • Travel costs related to sudden death or illness in the immediate family.
  • Safety-related needs (i.e. changing a lock on a vehicle or home).
  • Replacement of personal belongings due to fire, natural disaster or theft (not covered by insurance or other agency).
  • Costs related to medical care (not covered by insurance or other agency).
  • Class related expenses (not related to delays in receiving Financial Aid).

Types of Expenses not Covered

  • Tuition, lab expenses, health insurance, study abroad costs.
  • Non-essential utilities, entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses.
  • Household items, personal belongings or furniture costs (unless loss caused by fire, natural disaster or theft and not covered by insurance or other agency).
  • Costs for regular bills or recurring expenses.
  • Debt, fines or restitution owed from criminal or civil court cases.
  • Penalties and interest on past due bills.

Application Procedure

  1.  Submit the completed application with supporting documentation to the CalWORKs office located in LRC 120.
  2. CalWORKs will forward the completed application packet to the Los Rios Foundation review committee.
  3. The applicant will be notified by email of the committee’s decision; usually within 5 days of receipt by the Foundation.
  4. If an award is made, a check will be forwarded to the appropriate college business office for pick up by the student or to the appropriate agency (such as the bookstore) if payment is made directly to a third party.

Apply for the Student Emergency Fund

Submit completed application at the SCC CalWORKs office, located in the Learning Resource Center, Room 120.

Please Note: All money distributed from the Student Emergency Fund is considered a grant to the student; some funds may be counted as income and may be subject to state and federal taxes.