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When students experience a personal crisis or an emergency, they may be overwhelmed by the circumstances of the situation. Recognizing that unforeseen financial emergencies will occur for students, Penn State New Kensington has established a Student Emergency Funds Program to help meet the immediate needs of students experiencing crisis situations.
Funds are intended to provide short-term financial assistance to students who are managing demanding academic requirements while struggling with debilitating financial circumstances of an unforeseen nature. Provided in the form of one-time awards, emergency funding is not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses. Further, these awards are not loans that students are expected to repay, and every request for financial relief will be reviewed on its individual merits. The value of the awards range in response to the specific needs of the student but typically does not exceed $1,000.
Those requesting funds must fill out an online form for review.
Students in need of emergency assistance are encouraged to review support resources available through the Student Care and Advocacy office within Student Affairs, which includes a link to the Student Emergency Fund application. You can contact the office by email as well: [email protected].
The Complete Penn State program is run by the Student Success Center and provides resources for students who are in their final two semesters of completing their first associate's or bachelor's degree. Complete Penn State supports students who experience a situation that negatively impacts their ability to complete their degree. The program offers a variety of support services, including re-enrollment support, aimed at helping students complete their degree requirements and achieve their academic goals.
In order to be eligible for Complete Penn State support, a student must be working towards their first associate's or bachelor's degree, and have:
- two or fewer semesters to complete degree requirements and 30 or fewer credits remaining
- a 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA
- an unexpected hardship that is complicating degree completion
- exhausted all sources of federal and state aid (optional/for financial scholarship consideration only)
Students typically receive up to a maximum of $3,000 in scholarship aid that is based on the program’s assessment of their need and the availability of remaining funds. To request support for the 2019-20 academic year, which includes all summer sessions, students are asked to submit their requests no later than June 8. The program will begin reviewing requests for the 2020-21 academic year in late June/early July.