Mercy College of Health Sciences received a grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates to assist students with emergency funding.

Eligible students may receive a one-time grant for up to $1,000 to help cover unexpected expenses that arise. The goal of this grant is to provide financial intervention for students who experience a financial emergency that may impact their ability to continue in school.


  • Be a currently enrolled full-time or part-time Mercy College student
  • Enrolled in a bachelor’s degree program
  • Have financial need which is defined as an Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) of $7000 or less on the FAFSA
  • Must have a qualifying financial emergency expense

Students enrolled in certificate or associate degree programs are not eligible for this grant funding.  Please see the Financial Aid Office, Student Success Center, or the Business Office for resource assistance.

Eligible Financial Emergency Expenses:

Each student’s situation is different. For this grant a 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 expenses such as educational expenses such as tuition, fees, books, and supplies as well as entertainment expenses, legal fees, tobacco and alcohol. 


Eligible students who wish to apply for Student Emergency Funds should schedule a meeting with Rebecca Dennis at 515-643-6782 or, to ensure that the application is completed accurately and appropriate supporting documentation is submitted. The application may be started in the online portal prior to this meeting.

You may also schedule a meeting by stopping by the Josephine Norkaitis Student Success Center in College Hill.