Student Emergency Needs Fund



  • Be a currently enrolled full-time or part-time Mercy College student

  • Must have a qualifying financial emergency expense

Eligible Financial Emergency Expenses

Each student’s situation is different. Financial emergency is described as an unforeseen expense that, if not resolved quickly, could impact the student’s ability to attend class or remain enrolled at Mercy College. Applicants for this funding will need to submit supporting documentation of the expense.

Eligible emergency expenses may include public transportation/bus pass, personal automobile expense, gas, child care, housing/rent, utilities, food, and medical/dental expenses.

Ineligible expenses include tuition, fees, books, entertainment expenses, legal fees, tobacco, and alcohol.


Eligible students who wish to apply for Student Emergency Funds should schedule a meeting with Diane Haskins at 515-635-1128 or, to ensure that the application is completed accurately and appropriate supporting documentation is submitted.

You may also schedule a meeting by stopping by the Norkaitis Student Success Center in the Academic Center for Excellence.

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Mercy College of Health Sciences has been transforming students into healthcare professionals since 1899. Located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa, we offer master's degreesbachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, certificate programs, and continuing education courses.

Mercy College is the only private Catholic college in central Iowa and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), in addition to numerous programmatic accreditors.

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