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Student Success Funds Request

Student Success Funds

Services for Undocumented Students at UC Merced provides support to students facing extenuating financial challenges.

These grants are for student use as outlined below. There are two types of funds:

  • General Student Success Funds are up to $300- designed to provide financial assistance to students with the following extenuating expenses::
    • rent,
    • medical services,
    • books,
    • gas cards for communters traveling more than a radius of 45 miles,
    • groceries, however, students are strongly encouraged to first meet with the Basic Needs Center for assistance and access to the Bobcat Pantry and the USDA Foord Distribution
    • and other expenses as determined by the Associate Director of Educational Equity & Access

 

  • Financial Student Success Funds for Legal Fees - range from $300 - $495 designed to provide financial assistance to students with the following extenuating expenses: DACA filing fees, Advance Parole, or other legal fees. 

 

Eligibility

In order to be eligible for either emergency grant(s) students must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be undocumented
  • Must be a current UC Merced student enrolled in a minimum of 12 units
  • Must be low-income as defined by financial aid guidelines
  • Must not be eligible for federal financial aid (Pell grant, federal loans, etc.)
  • Must have submitted a California Dream Act application to the California Student Aid Commission. 
  • Note: Financial Aid packages will be considered for eligibility.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

BASIC NEEDS CENTER

Undocumented students in need of groceries or food sustainability, are strongly encouraged to first contact the Basic Needs Center for assistance and access to the UC Merced Bobcat Pantry and the Merced County USDA Food Dsitribution (third Friday of every month).

Basic Needs Center Location: Terrace Center (TC) 106

  • Monday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 
  • Tuesday to Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 
  • Friday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

*Closed during campus holidays, spring break, and winter curtailment. Please email Basicneeds@ucmerced.edu for assistance during these periods.

 

Financial Wellness Center

Be adsvied that on the recommendation of the Assocaite Director for Educational Equity and Access, some students requesting Student Success Funds may be referred to the Financial Wellness Center for a consultation as part of the application process for Student Success Funds. For many students, college is the first time you are in control of the majority of your finances. While focusing on your academic success and goal of attaining your degree, you may now be responsible for paying your own bills and stretching your financial aid funds to last the entire semester. Find out more on what steps you can take to help improve your financial wellness by visiting the Financial Wellness Center page.

 

Requirements

Please fill out all required information listed below. In addition, completed applications MUST include appropriate receipts and proof of need (i.e., lease contract, statements, bills, expring Work Authorization card) and must be either dropped off to Kolligian Library, Room 222H, OR scanned and email to adelgadillo@ucmerced.edu in order for the application to be processed. After your application is received, you will have to meet with Alejandro Delgadillo for a final decision. These grants are on a first-come-first-serve basis and will be available until funds are exhausted.

 

Availability

Approved Student Success Funds will be available to the student within 6-7 business days. It is highly recommended that students enroll in the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) available through Student Business Services (SBS). Your crisis funds will be transferred via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to your designated bank account. NOTE: Emergency funds may be credited through Student Business Services (SBS) and funds are depsoited into student bank accounts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If there is any outstanding balance (i.e., library, fines, housing, etc.) on your student account, the emergency funds may used to pay your outstanding balance. Exceptions are made for crisis funds to be used for payment of fees.

If you have any questions concerning emergency funds, please call (209) 228-4625, visit Services for Undocumented Students in Kolligian Library, Room 127, or email adelgadillo@ucmerced.edu.

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Please remember to submit necessary receipts or proof of your expenses to the Services for Undocumented Students at KL 222 to Alex Delgadillo or scan and email them to adelgadillo@ucmerced.edu
Please limit response to 400 words or less
I herby certify that this information is true and understand that any false statements on my part may result in the forfeiture of any benefits associated with the Student Success grant program. Students approved of the grant will be notified via email of their emergency funds. In addition, I am receptive to meeting with a financial wellness coach should I be referred by the Associate Director for Educational Equity and Access to the Financial Wellness Center for a consultation.
You will be required to meet with Alex Delgadillo as a next step in this process. Please list your availability to meet (Monday - Friday). Alex will be contacting you to schedule a meeting.