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Deans’ Student Assistance Fund supports over 400 students during initial semester

Monday, December 21, 2015

The Deans’ Student Assistance Fund supported more than 400 Columbia College and Columbia Engineering students with unanticipated costs during its initial semester, including providing students with FLEX meal funding during Fall Break and Thanksgiving Break, when the dining halls are closed.

The fund, which was launched in September 2015, provides support to Columbia College and Columbia Engineering undergraduate financial aid recipients with the greatest financial need who face unexpected personal expenses beyond those included in the Cost of Attendance.

Examples of situations when the Deans’ Student Assistance Fund may be used include travel home for a family emergency, unexpected health care costs and cold weather clothing needs, as well as other unanticipated costs. The amount of financial support given to students through the fund varies upon need. These grants do not need to be repaid.

“We understand that students sometimes have unexpected costs, especially during term time breaks from school, when dining halls are closed, and we are glad that we are able to provide this additional support to our students,” said James J. Valentini, dean of Columbia College and vice president for Undergraduate Education.

“This fund is one of the many ways that the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing supports our students,” added Jessica Marinaccio, dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid. “And, as always, all members of the financial aid staff are happy to speak directly with students and families about any matter related to financial aid and educational financing, including the Deans’ Student Assistance Fund.”

Visit the Office of Financial Aid and Educational Financing for information about the Deans' Student Assistance Fund. 

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