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?

Any registered student who has paid student registration fees are eligible to apply. Students who have graduated are eligible to apply for funding up to one quarter after their graduation date if they incurred a medical emergency during a quarter in which they were enrolled. A student has until the end of the quarter following the one in which the emergency occurred.

What makes you eligible?

  • Inability to pay existing and/or anticipated medical, dental, optical, or psychological expenses. The medical emergency must have occurred in a quarter in which you were enrolled.
  • Ongoing financial impact due to recent emergency medical, dental, optical, or psychological expenses. The medical emergency must have occurred within the current quarter or the previous quarter in which a student was also enrolled.
  • Past examples included vehicle/sports/bike accidents, diseases, medical, dental and psychological conditions, and surgical needs.

What makes you ineligible?

  • Housing requests, childcare, school supplies/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.

How do I apply?

Complete the application online and attach the following documents

  1. A letter to the committee describing your emergency and any steps you have taken to address the situation
  2. Copies of your medical bills, quotes, cost of services, or any other support documents related to the assistance you are requesting
  3. A completed Medical Release Authorization Form.

*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 financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu.

If you would like to schedule a meeting with a member of the SMERF Committee to ask questions or better explain your circumstances, please email financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu.

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 2-5 business days for the Chair to review your application. The committee meets weekly during Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer quarters to review applications.