• Del Mar College Foundation - Student Emergency Assistance

    Important Facts About the Student Emergency Assistance:

    • If you are looking for the Viking LOAN Program (Short–term, no cost loans for students experiencing delays in receiving Financial Aid benefit payment, such as Pell Grants), please click here for the Viking Loan Application.
    • Emergency assistance funds are available to help students who experience an unexpected and unforeseen circumstance which jeopardizes their ability to pay for their education.
    • Processing of Emergency Assistance Applications takes up to five working days.
    • The minimum required cumulative Grade Point Average is 2.0 for all DMC Foundation scholarships, including the Student Emergency Scholarship.
    • Each student may receive only one Student Emergency Scholarship during their education at Del Mar College.
    • Multiple Emergency Loans are available as long as previous Foundation loans have been repaid.
    • Emergency Loan funds are short-term, no-cost loans and must be repaid by the end of the semester in which they were awarded unless special arrangements have been made with the Foundation Office.
    • Financial Aid funds cannot be duplicated through emergency scholarships. If your Financial Aid funds are expected, but will not arrive before the tuition deadline and the delay would mean losing your classes, please click here to apply for a Viking Loan Application.
    • Foundation Emergency Assistance scholarships and loans require students to apply for Financial Aid (www.fafsa.ed.gov) prior to completing the emergency scholarship application.
    • Processing your application begins when the complete application packet has been submitted to the Office of Development/Foundation located at DMC Center for Economic Development, Room 133, 3209 S. Staples (S. Staples and Kostoryz). For the status of your application, contact the Office of Development/Foundation at 361-698-1317.

    Steps in the Application Process

    1. Complete and print Emergency Assistance Application 
    2. Submit all forms and ALL REQUIRED ATTACHMENTS described in the Procedures Checklist (Page 2 of the Application)

    Important Questions and Answers about the Student Emergency Assistance (Scholarships and Loans)

    Q: What is Student Emergency Assistance?
    Emergency Assistance is for students who experience an unexpected and unforeseen circumstance which jeopardizes their ability to pay for their education. Awards are generally limited to a maximum of $750 for full time students and $400 for part time students.

    Q: How do you prioritize student applications for assistance (both scholarships and loans)?
    Priority is given to students who have compelling emergencies, have exhibited due diligence in planning and financing their education up to this emergency, have exhibited due diligence in exploring funding options, and have demonstrated commitment toward their academic pursuit as evidenced through GPA performance (2.0 minimum GPA is required for all DMCF Scholarships). Students who have exceeded their Financial Aid maximum allotment will be considered only under compelling extenuating circumstances. Additional consideration will be given to those students whose demonstrated need will help them in the completion of their academic program.

    Q: I missed the Del Mar College Foundation scholarship application deadline. I didn’t think I’d need a scholarship, but my situation has changed and I’m suddenly out of funds. Can you help me?
    Possibly, but the help is not immediate. All students are able to apply for Student Emergency Assistance at any time, but it takes up to 5 working days for processing the application package and to determine eligibility. Not all students who apply are eligible and funds are limited. The Student Emergency Scholarship may be awarded to a student one time only. The Student Emergency Loan may be received multiple times as long as all previous loans have been repaid.

    Q: How soon must I complete and turn in my Del Mar College Foundation, Student Emergency Scholarship application?
    There is no deadline for the Student Emergency Assistance. However, determination of eligibility is not immediate. It takes up to 5 working days to review the application package and determine eligibility. Not all students who apply are eligible and funds are limited.

    Q: I need help with funding for Summer I and/or II courses. Can I apply for summer scholarships from Del Mar College Foundation?
    The only Del Mar College Foundation scholarship available for any of the summer courses is the Student Emergency Scholarship. Please be aware that it takes up to 5 working days to review the application package and determine eligibility. Not all students who apply are eligible. As well, please remember that the Student Emergency Scholarship may be awarded to a student one time only.

    Q: I’m a Dual Credit student. Is there a Del Mar College Foundation scholarship that can help me pay for my college courses, even if I miss the February 1st through April 30th application window?
    Yes. Even if dual credit students miss applying for regular DMC Scholarships between February 1st and April 30th of each year, they may apply for a Student Emergency Scholarship like any other Del Mar College student. Please be aware that it takes up to 5 working days to review the application package and determine eligibility. Not all students who apply are eligible and funds are limited. As well, please remember that the Student Emergency Scholarship may be awarded to a student one time only.