Financial Aid is...
Scholarships, grants, net earnings from need-based employment, or loans, including but not limited to...
…any educational benefits
paid because of enrollment in a postsecondary education institution, or to cover postsecondary education expenses.
A campus organization was working with some campus partners on ways in which to help students in crisis. In addition to counseling/academic support, a topic that came up was gift cards/cash for groceries.
Would a gift card/cash be considered financial support and impact a student’s financial aid?
Yes, this can affect financial aid. According to the rules governing financial aid, any support that comes from the campus would be considered estimated financial assistance (EFA) and because the gift cards/cash
are due to a student’s postsecondary enrollment, they would have to be incorporated into the calculation of financial aid awards.
Contribute or request donations specifically designated to the Bearkat Emergency Fund (online donations accepted)
Donate to the SHSU Food Pantry