BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State University announced the creation of a new fund to help Mountaineers who are facing financial challenges that are significant barriers to academic success. The Mountaineer Emergency Fund is designed to assist students through unforeseen financial emergencies or urgent situations that would prevent them from continuing their education at Appalachian. The fund provides short-term grants to students to help cover expenses such as child care, food, prescriptions, housing, books and other needs.
“We are seeing an increase in financial need for our students affected by displacement and loss of employment,” Appalachian Chancellor Sheri Everts said. “With the fund merely days old, we have already granted allotments to students struggling with job loss, and those with child care and utility bills piling up. These are powerful examples of how this fund makes an immediate difference.”
According to Appalachian’s Division of Student Affairs, this funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.
The Mountaineer Emergency Fund offers relief to Appalachian students who are struggling with significant, sudden financial emergencies.
Students must apply to receive assistance and may do so through the online Mountaineer Emergency Fund Request Form. The number of students who can be served is subject to the availability of funds.
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About the Division of Student Affairs
The Division of Student Affairs at Appalachian State University is committed to the development of lifelong learners and leaders by engaging and challenging students within a culture of care and inclusion. The division consists of 16 units that offer activities and services to help students develop more fully by becoming global learners, fostering healthy relationships, appreciating diversity and different perspectives, understanding community responsibility, enhancing self-awareness, developing autonomy and living ethically. These units include the Career Development Center, Campus Activities, Office of Community-Engaged Leadership, Wellness and Prevention Services, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Service, Parent and Family Services, University Housing, Student Conduct, University Recreation, Intercultural Student Affairs, Student Legal Clinic and Off-Campus Student Services, Electronic Student Services, Child Development Center, and Staff Development and Strategic Initiatives. Learn more at https://studentaffairs.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.