GV Cares Emergency Fund

Don't Let $1,000 Stop You From Graduating!

About the GV Cares Emergency Fund

Grand View University now has additional resources to help low-income students weather financial emergencies through the GV Cares Emergency Fund. Students can apply for small grants to help cover unexpected expenses just beyond their means, which allows them to quickly return focus to their academic pursuits.

Beginning Fall 2017, Grand View will begin making student emergency grants of up to $1,000. Qualified expenses will be paid within 48 hours of an approved application. Students also will be referred to additional campus, community, and financial literacy resources to supplement the grants, address root causes or contributing factors to the financial emergencies, and helping students stay on track to graduate.

The GV Cares Emergency Fund at Grand View is made possible by a $210,000 grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corporation. The emergency fund will help low-income students overcome financial obstacles that might otherwise cause them to drop out. Grand View is one of 32 colleges in Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin to receive the grant.

Fund Requirements
  • Must be an undergraduate, part- or full-time degree-seeking student.
  • Must be a Federal Pell Grant recipient or have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of $7,000 or less during the term that the student receives an emergency grant.
  • Must provide documentation (bill, repair estimates, late notice) for the financial emergency for which the student is applying to receive the grant.
  • May only receive one emergency grant through this program during the two-year grant period.
What Qualifies as an Emergency?

To qualify for the GV Cares Emergency Fund, the student must be experiencing a financial emergency – defined as an unforeseen expense that, if not resolved quickly, could lead to the student's departure from Grand View University and a loss of momentum toward completion.

Examples of unforeseen expenses and required documentation include, but are not limited to:

  • Assistance with rent (a late notice or copy of lease)
  • Backup childcare (a letter from childcare provider)
  • Car repair (mechanic’s estimate)
  • Child-care
  • Food/meals
  • Gas
  • Medical/dental expenses (medical bill)
  • Public transportation/bus pass

All expenses must have documentation. Examples of appropriate documentation include, but are not limited to bills, repair estimates, price quotes, rental agreements, invoices, late notices, etc.

Grand View may not approve requests for the GV Cares Emergency Fund to cover non-emergency school expenses. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Books
  • Fines
  • Parking
  • Required tools/equipment
  • Supplies
  • Tuition


About Great Lakes: Dedicated to Making College a Reality Since 1967

Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers-as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. The group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $200 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit home.mygreatlakes.org.

For more information, please contact grant directors, Ms. Julie Bantz at (515) 263-2847 or Ms. Pam Christoffers at (515) 263-6023.