What is the fund?

The Jack Canfield Student Medical Emergency Relief Fund (SMERF) provides grants to students with expenses related to medical, dental, psychological, and optical emergencies.  For the purposes of this fund, a medical emergency is a condition, injury, or illness that poses a risk to a person’s life, long-term health, or well-being and requires timely intervention.

Am I eligible to apply?

Effective Fall Quarter 2005, any registered UCSB student who has paid student registration fees is eligible to apply. Students who have graduated are eligible to apply for funding up to one quarter after their graduation date. The medical emergency for which funding is requested must have occurred while the student was enrolled and paying fees.

  • What makes you eligible?
    • Inability to pay existing and/or anticipated medical, dental, optical, or psychological services expenses. The medical emergency must have occurred in a quarter in which he or she was enrolled.
    • Past examples included: vehicle/sports/bike accidents, diseases, medical and psychological conditions, and surgical needs.
  • What makes you ineligible?
    • Requests regarding housing, child care, school supplies or books, elective procedures (i.e.: Braces, and other non-emergency dental requests, fertility treatments, Lasik eye surgery, Gastric bypass, etc.) medical expenses for relatives or dependents, bills already paid (no reimbursements on personal loans from anyone) are not considered.
  • Information provided by the applicant is confidential.

Elective medical procedures are not considered.
Medical or dental balances charged to CareCredit accounts do not qualify for SMERF funding.

How do I apply?

Complete the application online and attach the following documents

  • a letter to the committee describing your emergency and what you have done to address the situation
  • copies of your medical bills, quotes, cost of services, or any other support documents related to the assistance you are requesting

    *If you do not have access to a scanner, take a photo of your bills with your phone to upload with your application or email to smerf@recreation.ucsb.edu.

After the application has been received, the SMERF Account Manager will schedule a meeting in order to allow you an opportunity to further explain your need to the committee.

How much can I be awarded?

Each amount awarded will be determined at the discretion of the SMERF Committee.The maximum award granted per student is $1,500 per quarter. Students are welcome to re-apply for additional awards in future quarters.   

How long does the application process take?

Please allow 3-5 days for the Account Manager to review your application. Our committee meets weekly during Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters. After meeting with the committee, you should receive a response within 3-5 business days.