Student Benevolence Funds - Coastal Carolina University
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Student Benevolence Funding

We’d like to be able to fund all requests, but at this time our benevolence fund only has enough funding to support students whose families are/were impacted by a COVID-19 diagnosis specifically. If additional funds are available in the future, we will reach back out and encourage you to reapply at that time.  You may be eligible to apply for Unemployment Insurance benefits with the state of South Carolina.  This may be done by calling 1-866-831-1724 or visiting their website at https://dew.sc.gov/individuals/apply-for-benefits.  You are also encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (843) 349-2313 to discuss your aid package, and explore other aid or private loan options. If you are experiencing food insecurity, please contact Sandy Baldridge-Adrian for assistance at sabaldri@coastal.edu.  

 

Through many generous donors, Coastal Carolina University is able to offer Student Benevolence funds to be used to assist students and their families experiencing hardships. Students can request up to $500; however, awards may be made for lesser amounts, depending on situations, the number of students in need, and the availability of funds. 

The information on this page outlines the details of each fund and the costs they can cover. Eligibility and appropriate funding source will be determined by the Dean of Students (or his/her designee) and the appropriate committee for each fund.

Student Benevolence fund awards are considered student aid, and may have an impact on a student’s financial aid for the year in which they are received.

Student Benevolence Funds can cover

Following are examples of typical expenses that may be covered, in part, by Student Benevolence funds. Please note that documentation may be required. This list is not exhaustive: 

  • Replacement of essential personal belongings to aid in academics (i.e., laptops, calculators, books, etc.) due to fire, flood, theft, or other natural disaster
  • Medications or costs related to emergency medical care (not covered by insurance)
  • Assistance with rent or utilities due to a crisis (i.e., natural disasters, crime, etc.)
  • Emergency transportation costs related to a family illness and/or death
  • Safety-related needs (i.e., changing a lock for protection related to extenuating circumstances)
  • Other emergency situation that will impact a student's ability to fully participate in their academic career at Coastal Carolina University
  • Leadership opportunities a student is interested in but unable to afford (i.e., student conferences)
Student Benevolence Funds will not cover

Following are examples of items that will NOT be covered by this fund. This list is not exhaustive:

  • Penalties, fines, tickets, legal fees, jail bonds, credit card bills, or overdue personal loans
  • Expenses due to a lack of financial planning or overspending
  • Normal and anticipated academic or personal everyday expenses (i.e., tuition, fees, health insurance, books, rent)
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e., cable, interest, etc.), household or furniture costs not related to damage due to natural disasters or crime
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
  • Replacement of non-essential personal items
  • If there are other funds available that you opt not to use

Apply Here for funding from any of the following four student-related funds.