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Emergency Assistance at Skagit Valley College
The SVC Student Emergency Assistance and Childcare Assistance programs are open for Fall quarter!
We understand challenges can arise during your educational journey and we are here to support you. Skagit Valley College offers several emergency funding resources available to students. Each resource has a different application, and you may be able to apply for more than one. Please review each application carefully to ensure you are providing all necessary information.
Emergency & Childcare Program Eligibility Guidelines
Applicants to this program must meet the following criteria:
- Actively enrolled in the current quarter and attending class
- Have a 2.00 GPA
- If eligible, complete the FAFSA/WASFA application
- The maximum award for:
- Student Emergency Assistance fund is $1,000 total per academic year
- Childcare Assistance fund is $1400 per quarter
- If receiving Financial Aid, eligibility will be based on the cost of attendance and current aid amounts
- Must not be on financial aid drop suspension
- Must not owe money to the college – Students are not eligible if they have a debt owed to SVC, such as but not limited to tuition, campus housing rent, library fines, parking and financial aid repayment
Note: Awards are made on a first come, first served basis and dependent on available funding. Some flexibility in these guidelines may be provided.
Student Emergency Assistance
Student Emergency Assistance aims to make access to emergency funding as low barrier as possible and is designed to be inclusive of all students regardless of whether you meet the traditional definition of a “needy student.” The fund is only allocated for sudden, urgent, or unforeseen occurrences that require immediate attention and would impact the student’s ability to stay in college and complete their educational goal. Student emergency support funds include: housing costs, gas, bus passes, child and health related expenses, groceries, meals, utilities, and technology. If you are receiving Financial Aid, eligibility will be based on the cost of attendance and current aid amounts. Students already awarded the annual maximum award of $1000 total for Student Emergency Assistance in this academic year (summer 2023 through spring 2024) are not eligible for additional funding. Please do not apply for additional emergency assistance if you have been awarded the $1000 maximum in the prior quarter(s). This limit does not apply to childcare assistance.
Depending upon available funding, you could be eligible for these types of emergency awards:
- Rent – $1,000 annually
- Auto Repairs – $500 annually
- Gas – $100 per quarter
- Bus Pass – $20 per quarter
- Child Related Costs – $1400 per quarter
- Health Related Costs – $500 annually
- Groceries – $100 per quarter
- Essential Utilities – $300 annually
- Technology – $500 annually
Awards are made on a first come, first served basis and dependent on available funding. Some flexibility in these guidelines may be provided. The maximum award for Student Emergency Assistance is $1000 total per academic year. Childcare Assistance maximum award is $1400 per quarter.
The Childcare Assistance fund can assist you with the cost of out-of-pocket dependent care expenses for dependents residing with you during the academic year for care incurred as a result of attending classes at Skagit Valley College (i.e. during periods that include but are not limited to class time, study time, fieldwork, internships, and commuting time to and from SVC). Please complete all of the information requested in both applications. Do not include children over the age of 12. Dependents can include any children for whom you are the legal guardian, stepchildren, or siblings who reside in your household whom you are responsible for caring for. Childcare providers must be licensed by the Washington State Department of Early Learning.
To qualify for Childcare assistance you must be at or below the gross income levels for your family size as shown below:
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If approved for funding, payment process will be determined by the College on a case-by-case basis. In most cases, award payments will be available within 3-5 business days after approval. The student will be notified when a check is mailed or ready to pick up.
Change of Circumstances for Financial Aid Recipients
- Puget Sound Energy is offering additional resources and bill paying assistance for some customers. Visit PSE’s Covid-19 response page HERE to see if you qualify.
- The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program provides a temporary discount on monthly broadband bills for qualifying low-income households. Visit https://getemergencybroadband.org/ to see if you qualify.