The Fall 2020 emergency grant application has reopened.
What is the Achieve Atlanta Emergency Grant and what can it cover?
The current emergency grant fund will help students cover unexpected financial emergencies that potentially impact a student’s ability to stay enrolled in school or emergency expenses incurred due to COVID-19 response and loss of employment.
An Achieve Atlanta Emergency Grant can cover an expense in one or more of the areas listed under eligible expenses caused by an unplanned or unanticipated event while enrolled in school. Unplanned or unanticipated events including but not limited to the loss of your job, a reduction in your work hours, loss of housing, or a health issue that prevents you from working, etc. will be considered.
Please note: we will do our best to support financial emergencies related to students’ most urgent needs, but we may not be able to support all requests.
Update: The emergency grant program will now only cover unexpected financial emergencies caused by recent unanticipated events that occurred between July 2020 and the present date.
Am I Eligible?
You are eligible if you are an Achieve Atlanta Scholar and are receiving scholarship funds in the fall 2020 term. Achieve Atlanta Scholars may only receive one emergency grant during the 2020-2021 academic year. If you have been denied an emergency grant this academic year, you are eligible to apply as soon as a new emergency expense arises. Spring 2020 grant recipients must present a new eligible unexpected emergency event.
How do I apply?
If you have had an unplanned or unanticipated event that led to one or more of the eligible expenses listed below, gather receipts, invoices or estimated expenses before you start the application. This will help ensure your application is reviewed and processed quickly. Once you have gathered all the documents or information needed to show your estimated need, click on the apply button below.
- Off-Campus Housing (only where the Scholar resides, including where s/he resides with family or friends)
- Childcare (for the Scholar’s dependent)
- Transportation (for school or work)
- Moving (storage, retrieval of belongings, moving truck rental)
- Internet or hot spots
- Utilities (for students facing disconnection of service)
- Tuition and fees
- Study abroad travel or non-essential transportation
- Extra spending money not associated with a specific expense
- Cell phones
How Does it Work?
Decisions for all applications are made as soon as possible. Due to the nature of emergency grant requests, we aim to provide you an answer within 72 hours (during business hours Monday through Friday), but this may not always be the case. Please note as we review your application, we may need additional information from you. Please respond to all requests for information promptly so as not to delay your application. Note that processing times may take longer in cases where we are missing documentation, missing payment information, or electronic payment is not available.
The maximum grant is $500.
We prefer to send the payments directly to your vendor (landlord, a repair shop, hospital billing, etc.). But in certain circumstances, the money can come to you first or be provided as a reimbursement. Be sure to clarify your unique need in the application.
We require documentation confirming the amount of your expense(s). Examples of documents to provide include lease agreements, vendor invoices, bills, receipts, etc. Lack of documentation when applying will delay the review process and may result in a denied application.
For more information about emergency grants, including application statuses, contact Scholarship America directly at:
- Phone: 1-800-248-8080
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org