Los Rios Student Emergency Fund

The Los Rios Student Emergency Fund provides immediate financial assistance to Los Rios students involved in sudden and unexpected catastrophic or emergency situations. There are a variety of resources available to students in emergency situations. Please start by contacting Financial Aid or Student Services for more information on the types of services that may be available to you.

You may also be eligible for a grant from the Coronavirus, Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It includes one-time support for higher education institutions to help address the immediate and urgent impacts on our students and colleges. Check your Message Center in eServices for information about important steps you can take to increase your chances to be eligible for these funds, including filling out a FAFSA if you haven’t already. Unfortunately, there is not enough money from the federal government for all of our students, so we will be focusing on making sure our neediest students who meet federal requirements for these funds are supported first. These grants will range between $100 and $400, based on your financial need and the number of units you were enrolled in this Fall.

There are many forms of help for people experiencing hardships because of the COVID-19 shutdown. Before applying, please see if you can find additional help from any of the following:

If you need to delay your rent or mortgage payment:

  • Renters in Sacramento County: https://www.cityofsacramento.org/Community-Development/Code-Compliance/Tenant-Protection-Program
  • Mortgage: https://www.consumerfinance.gov/about-us/blog/guide-coronavirus-mortgage-relief-options/

If you are in need of technology:

  • For computers, Los Rios is distributing Chromebooks again in the Fall for students who need them: https://losrios.edu/campus-life/remote-campus-information-for-students
  • For low or no cost internet access or Office Software: https://losrios.edu/onlineservices

If you need help with utilities:

  • PGE: www.pge.com/en_US/residential/save-energy-money/help-paying-your-bill/longer-term-assistance/care/care.page
  • SMUD: https://www.smud.org/en/Corporate/About-us/News-and-Media/Coronavirus-COVID-19

If you need help feeding your family

  • https://www.sacramentofoodbank.org/find-food
  • https://www.scusd.edu/e-connections-post/scusd-new-updates-meal-locations

If you need help applying for unemployment (and yes, you may be eligible even if you are a gig worker) or deferring loan payments

  • Lost Work Because Of Coronavirus? How To Get Unemployment, Skip Loan Payments And More: www.npr.org/2020/03/27/822629588/lost-work-because-of-coronavirus-how-to-get-unemployment-skip-loan-payments-and-?
    *ASSISTANCE FOR CALIFORNIANS AFFECTED BY THE CORONAVIRUS: www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=coronavirus-casework
    *Coronavirus Resources in Sacramento: www.cityofsacramento.org/Emergency-Management/COVID19

Eligibility Requirements
• Must have a temporary need resulting from a sudden, unexpected emergency event and must be able to provide sufficient documentation indicating that the situation meets this requirement.
• Must be in “Good Standing” and must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher. Must not be on academic probation of any kind.
• Must be currently enrolled in at least 6 units at a Los Rios college AND have completed at least one semester with a minimum of 6 units.
• Must not have more than 60 units without an explanation for the excess of units.
• Other possible resources (such as insurance, financial aid or funding from other service organizations) must have been considered and have been found to be unavailable or insufficient. Must show evidence or address in questions, if applicable.
• *A maximum of one award of up to $500 will be allowed to any one student during all combined enrollments at Los Rios colleges. *
• A plan should be included in application that demonstrates that the student will be able to move successfully forward following an award.
• Exceptions to these guidelines are rare and will be considered on a case by case basis.
• If your emergency is that you have been laid off because of COVID-19, you must show proof that you have been denied unemployment or are ineligible to receive it.

Typical emergency-situation expenses that may be covered include but are not limited to:
• Safety related needs (i.e. changing a lock on a vehicle or home, relocating).
• Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, natural disaster or theft (not covered by insurance or other agency).
• Costs related to medical care (not covered by insurance or other agency).

Types of Expenses not Covered
• Everyday expenses that are ongoing and not the result of an emergency
• Non-essential bills, entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses.
• Household items, personal belongings or furniture costs (unless essential to safety as stated above)
• Debts incurred before or unrelated to the emergency
• Fines or restitution owed from criminal or civil court cases
• Child support
• Penalties and interest on past due bills.
• Travel costs. We would normally help with travel-related to sudden death or illness in the immediate family, but given the current danger posed by travel and the restrictions in place, we are not currently funding any travel expenses.

Need help with this application? Send your questions to losriosemergencyfund@losrios.edu

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