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New Emergency Aid Program for Undergraduate Students

Shaw University has been approved by the Educational Credit Management Corporation (ECMC) to provide an Emergency Aid Program for qualified undergraduate students. ECMC is an initiative designed to help minority-serving institutions improve student success and institutional outcomes. 

The Emergency Aid Program is designed to support students’ persistence toward degree completion by removing unforeseen financial obstacles from their path. Shaw University will administer the funds and provide eligible students facing short-term, nonrecurring emergencies with an award of emergency aid dollars (“emergency aid”) to remedy the unforeseen situation. The student requesting the aid will be required to complete an online application and to submit supporting documentation validating the financial emergency.  In addition to validating the financial emergency, the University will use a pre-determined list of criteria outlined below to determine whether students’ requests for emergency aid will be approved or denied.

In order to qualify for emergency aid, eligible students must:

  1. Be enrolled either part-time or full-time in a certificate, associate or bachelor’s degree program at the time of the aid request. Note: The Emergency Aid Program does not extend to graduate students;
  2. Complete the online application and upload supporting documentation validating their unforeseen financial need (some examples of unforeseen financial need include required uninsured medical treatment, automotive repair, documented notice of an unexpected increase in a housing or utilities expense);
  3. Benefit from having an unforeseen expense paid with Emergency Aid, that if not paid, could lead to the student’s departure from the university; and
  4. Be enrolled during the semester in which emergency aid funds are awarded.

Definition of emergency (unforeseen expenses) include:  

  • Utilities
  • Housing/ Rent
  • Food
  • Medical/ Dental
  • Vehicle/Transportation
  • Childcare  

Emergency aid funds may not:  

  • Be used to cover school expenses (i.e., parking, fines, tuition, books, supplies, required tools/equipment, etc.)
  • Be used to pay prior balances owed to the school
  • Be paid directly to the student
  • Be released without a completed application and supporting documentation
  • Be used for any reason outside the program’s guidelines

Subject to the availability of funds, students may apply for emergency aid as many times as are deemed necessary, but the total amount awarded to the student cannot exceed $500 over the life of the entire program. For example, if the student applies for $150 and this amount is awarded, the student may apply again for Emergency Aid.  However, the maximum amount the student can receive for a second request is $350. 

If you have questions about the Emergency Aid Program, please contact Anthony Brooks, Chief Enrollment Management Officer, at (919) 719-1983 or

Apply for Emergency Aid