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Verna McClain Student Emergency Fund - Application


The Verna McClain Student Emergency Fund is for any South Mountain Community College student who needs immediate financial support. Funds are to pay for financial situations that may cause the student to drop out of college, which include, but are not limited to: meal expenses, rent, automobile repair, bus pass, internet access (if taking an online class), tutoring, supplies as stipulated in the course syllabus, etc. 


  • Be enrolled in a minimum of three credit hours at South Mountain Community College
  • Documentation associated with the emergency must be attached to the application (i.e., current utility bill, required book list, auto repair bill, etc.)

Clock and credit hour students, as well as out of state and undocumented students, are eligible to apply as long as they meet the above eligibility requirements.

Additional Information
Applications are reviewed daily during regular business hours: 8 am – 5 pm. Monday-Friday, excluding Holidays. We are processing applications as quickly as possible; however, the timeline is contingent on the student attaching the correct documentation and the responsiveness of the recommending faculty/counseling staff member. Decisions will be communicated to students via their student Gmail account ( and could take up to seven business days. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Monies are most commonly disbursed in the form of e-gift cards. E-cards are matched to the request based on current supply. There is no option for choosing the type of gift card you will receive. Whenever possible, funds are sent directly to utility companies, auto repair shops, etc. from the Foundation on behalf of the student. These funds are not directly deposited into students’ accounts. Individual colleges may have emergency funds available. Please check with your Financial Aid Office for more information. Please also visit our additional student resources webpage for support offered through the community: