SVA-GVSU Emergency Relief Fund

SVA-GVSU / Joseph D. Early Emergency 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. 

Grand Valley State University - Short Term Emergency Loans


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.

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