Emergency Financial Assistance | Spalding University Student Handbook

Emergency Financial Assistance

Administered through the Office of the Dean of Students in its compassionate action role, the Spalding University STudent Assistance INitiative (SUSTAIN), is a student emergency financial assistance program that is 100% funded by contributions from the faculty and staff of Spalding University. 

The program provides financial assistance to students at risk of being unable to persist in their educational endeavors due to unexpected emergency financial dilemmas. As funding is limited, not all requests can be approved and priority is given to students experiencing emergencies and students demonstrating efforts to positively address their financial issues. 

Funds may only be requested once during the current academic year to ensure we can assist as many students as possible. If you would like support connecting to resources outside of the university, please contact the Dean of Students

Funding cannot be used to pay tuition or debts owed to Spalding University. 

These funds are a gift to you from the faculty and staff at Spalding University. You do not have to pay it back. All we ask is when you become successful in your career, please remember to pay it forward. 


Applicants to the Spalding University Student Emergency Financial Assistance program must meet the following criteria:

Undergraduate, Flex or Graduate students in a degree seeking program 
Must have completed 3 consecutive sessions or 1 semester and be in good academic standing
Must be currently enrolled in at least 1 course during the session assistance is requested.
Have a FAFSA form on file for the current school year if eligible to file

Assistance is granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

Assistance Payments

The maximum grant should not exceed $500 per academic year (7 sessions). Students are only eligible to receive the grant once per academic year. Lifetime maximum of award cannot exceed $1,500/student.*


Recipients agree to provide documented proof that assistance funds were applied to the emergency expense indicated on the application. Utilizing funds granted for emergency assistance in ways other than those agreed upon or noted in the application may violate the Dishonesty portion of the Honor Code.


To request an application please contact the Dean of Students, the Director of Financial Aid, or the Retention Specialist