COVID-19 Emergency Financial Support

IMPORTANT: COVID-19 EMERGENCY FUNDS

We know that COVID-19 has impacted everyone in different ways and we want to see that you get the financial support you need as quickly as possible. The federal government’s CARES Act has made grant assistance available to college students across the nation to assist them in dealing with the ramifications of COVID-19. Grand Valley State University has been awarded federal funds and the authority to direct funds to students. The University is supplementing federal assistance with Grand Valley resources made possible by generous donors. 

Recognizing the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 related to income and expenses, if you have an emergency financial need that is related to the COVID-19 pandemic, complete the online application at: www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/hardshiprequest. Regardless of whether you had ever filed for or received financial aid, have existing debt, or exhausted your lifetime caps regarding financial aid, Grand Valley State University will try to assist you!      

SHORT TERM EMERGENCY LOANS (GVSU Office of Financial Aid)

As a service to students, the Financial Aid Office provides short-term loans to students when tuition arrangements have already been made for the upcoming semester. These limited loans ($500 maximum) are typically used for the purchase of textbooks and supplies.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid or the Regional Center that you are attending to obtain an application for a Short Term Emergency Loan, along with eligibility requirements and repayment information.

MICHIGAN VETERANS AFFAIRS AGENCY EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FORM AND THE MICHIGAN VETERANS TRUST FUND

The Michigan Veterans Trust Fund exists to support Michigan veterans with financial hardships, including COVID-19 related issues for qualified veterans.  

To apply for emergency funds from the MVTF, contact the MVTF county committee serving the county where you reside or fill out and submit an Emergency Assistance Form or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

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SVA-GVSU / Joseph D. Early Emergency Fund

Due to the numerous requests for emergency funding and the limited funds that are available through the Joseph Early Emergency Fund, GVSU's Student Veterans of America will expect all applicants to apply for assistance through Grand Valley State University's newly announced COVID-19 emergency fund (made available through the CARES Act) prior to submitting an application to the Joseph Early Emergency Fund.

Veterans are also encouraged to secure funds through the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund and Soldier and Sailor Relief Fund.   

 

On October 8, 2016, the Grand Valley State University community was stunned and saddened to learn that Joseph (Joe) D. Early, one of its own military-connected students, had suddenly passed away at just 32 years of age. 

Joe graduated from Jenison High School in 2002, joined the U.S. Army in 2003 and served three tours of duty in Iraq as an M.P. After separating from Army, Joe enrolled at Grand Valley State University where he received his bachelor's degree, posthumously.

His parents, Judy and Tim Early, launched an emergency relief fund in his honor and loving memory which they continue to support financially. The purpose of this fund is to assist military-connected students at Grand Valley who may encounter unexpected financial hardships while completing their degree. 

To apply for emergency funding or to contribute to the rolling fund, questions can be directed to the SVA-GVSU chapter.

With admiration and gratitude, we extend the most sincere gratitude to Judy and Tim Early for creating this funding opportunity for military-connected students in need!

Click here to access the Joseph D. Early Emergency Fund application. Completed applications will be submitted to Steven Lipnicki. 

--On behalf of Student Veterans of America at Grand Valley State University

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Support the Joseph D. Early Emergency Relief Fund

The Student Veterans of America Chapter at Grand Valley State University helped to establish and continues to manage the funds and all related requests. They need your assistance to maintain and grow this emergency fund. As such, any financial support is essential to ensure that this fund remains viable to support the current and future emergency needs of military-connected students attending Grand Valley State University.