General Purpose Funding

The following is a list of emergency loan and grant sources with different eligibility requirements but few or no restrictions on how (or for what) you can use the funds.

Alumni Association Loans – Graduate Students
The UCSB Alumni Association provides $250 loans (pending availability of funds) to graduate students requiring emergency financial assistance. Maximum loan amount: $250. Turnaround time: 2 days. Repayment terms: Variable (consult with Alumni Association staff). Repayment method: Cash, check, or money order. Required documentation: Application form, student ID, and driver’s license or valid photo ID. How to apply: Visit the UCSB Alumni Association office in the Mosher Alumni House, located off of Mesa Road and near Campbell Hall. Applications not submitted in person will not be considered. To verify availability of funding or to schedule an appointment, call (805) 893-3767.

Alumni Association Loans – Undergraduate Students
The UCSB Alumni Association provides loans in the amount of $100 (with a $1 handling fee) to undergraduate students requiring emergency financial assistance. Students can download an application at www.ucsbalum.com/programs/studentloans. Maximum loan amount: $100. Turnaround time: 2 days. Repayment terms: 30 days. Repayment method: Cash or money order. Required documentation: Application form, student ID, and driver’s license or valid photo ID. How to apply: Download and fill out an application and deliver it in person to the UCSB Alumni Association office in the Mosher Alumni House, located off of Mesa Road and near Campbell Hall. Applications not submitted in person will not be considered. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (805) 893-3767.

Associated Students Community Financial Fund Grants
The Community Financial Fund offers grants of up to $400 per student per fiscal year (July 1-June 30) to undergraduate students at UCSB. Grants are not guaranteed; are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis; and depend on financial aid status. Maximum grant amount: $400/fiscal year. Turnaround time: Within 10 business days of receipt of application. Repayment terms: N/A. Repayment method: N/A. Requirements: Attend one Community Financial Fund Financial Literacy Workshop; complete a one-page essay stating why you need a grant and how your need is a priority; complete a financial literacy quiz with a score of 70% or better. How to apply: See http://cff.as.ucsb.edu or visit the Associated Students Cashier’s Office.

Associated Students Emergency Loans
Associated Students offers loans to currently enrolled UCSB undergraduate students. Loan amounts are $200, $400 and $600. While loans are interest-free, an Associated Students administrative processing fee of $5 as well as a BARC office charge of $10 per loan application will be assessed. Please note that loan amounts granted will not be allowed to exceed $600 per quarter. Repayment of this loan will be billed automatically to the student’s BARC account within 30 days from the date of loan disbursement. Students must repay previous outstanding loans to apply for additional loans, which are, in sum, not to exceed $600 per quarter. Students may opt to receive loans together for a maximum of $600 to avoid multiple processing fees. Maximum loan amount: $600/quarter. Turnaround time: Up to 48 hours (usually next day after 3:30 p.m.). Repayment terms: Within 30 days. Repayment method: Billed automatically to the student’s BARC account within 30 days from the date of loan disbursement. BARC makes collection of the loan. Required documentation: Student ID. How to apply: Visit the A.S. Cashier’s Office window located near the UCen and next to the MultiCultural Center.

Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE) Emergency Fund
The Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE) Program assists survivors of interpersonal violence by providing advocacy and accompaniment services. Professional advocates with CARE specialize in helping individuals heal after an experience with sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or sexual harassment by connecting them to other campus and community resources and helping them navigate different medical, legal, and campus processes. CARE maintains an Emergency Advocacy Fund to help survivors with unexpected financial burdens that result after a crime has been committed. Maximum funding amount: Determined on a case-by-case basis. Turnaround time: Approximately 1-2 weeks. Required documentation: Application (to be picked up and completed after appointment with a CARE advocate); student ID; supporting documentation as requested. How to apply: Contact CARE at 805-893-4613 to schedule an appointment. If you have general questions about this fund, you can call the Women’s Center office manager at (805) 893-3779.

Guardian Scholars Emergency Fund
Emergency grants are available for Guardian Scholars (former Foster Youth) experiencing serious financial difficulties. Maximum loan amount: Determined on a case-by-case basis. Requests are reviewed by a committee in consultation with Financial Aid. Turnaround time: 3-5 days. How to apply: Contact Lisa Przekop in the Office of Admissions at lisa.przekop@sa.ucsb.edu.

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships  Emergency Short-Term Loans
Emergency short-term loans are available to registered financial aid recipients who have paid or deferred all past due and current BARC charges and who have future financial aid that will be disbursed to their BARC accounts during the current quarter. As the name implies, these loans are for emergency situations only. Routine, predictable expenses are not considered emergencies unless something has occurred which prevents a student from meeting these costs. Maximum loan amount: $500. Turnaround time: 1-2 business days. Repayment terms: Repayment in full in 30 days. Repayment method: Your pending financial aid will automatically repay this loan via BARC. Required documentation: Based on verifiable circumstances as assessed by the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (consult with a financial aid advisor for more information). How to apply: Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships (2nd floor, SAASB building) between 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. and speak with an advisor.

Office of Student Life Edna Rich Morse Emergency Loans
The Office of Student Life provides $200 loans to registered undergraduate students (subject to availability of funds remaining for that quarter). Maximum loan amount: $200/quarter. Turnaround time: 1-2 business days. Repayment terms: 30 days. Repayment method: BARC ($205, includes $5 fee). Required documentation: Student ID. How to apply: Fill out an application at the Office of Student Life front desk (2nd floor, Student Resource Building, next to the Pardall Tunnel) between 9 a.m.-Noon and 1-4 p.m. For more information or to verify the availability of funds, call (805) 893-4569.

Office of Student Life/Dean of Students Emergency Loans
These loans are available for undergraduate students experiencing serious financial difficulties that jeopardize their success or continued enrollment at UCSB and who have exhausted all other resources. Maximum loan amount: Variable. Turnaround time: 2-3 business days. Repayment terms: 1 year or before graduation (flexible based on circumstances). Repayment method: Check or money order to be made out to “UC Regents.” Required documentation: Student ID. How to apply: Contact the Student and Parent Liaison at (805) 893-4521 or (805) 893-4569 to discuss whether you might be eligible.

Women’s Center Bridge Over Troubled Waters Fund
The Women’s Center provides small emergency grants to women who are single student parents. Students can receive this grant a maximum of one time per year. Maximum grant amount: Determined on a case-by-case basis. Turnaround time: Approximately 1-2 weeks. Required documentation: Application (to be picked up and completed after appointment with Assistant Dean of Students Kim Equinoa); student ID; supporting documentation as requested. How to apply: Contact Kim Equinoa at (805) 893-3858 to schedule an appointment. If you have general questions about this fund, you can call the Women’s Center office manager at (805) 893-3779.