The emergency assistance program allows students the opportunity to access short term assistance in times of need. Student Care and Well Being would not be able to assist students without the support and compassion of our UA community. Below are a few of the resources established by members of the UA community to support students in need.

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III)

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III) was signed into law on March 11, 2021, providing support to institutions of higher education to serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Students who have completed a FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year and are eligible for HEERF funds should receive an email from Student Financial Aid.  Students who completed a FAFSA for 2021-2022 and have questions regarding their eligibility to receive HEERF funds may contact Student Financial Aid at 205-348-6756.

Students who did not complete a FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year and would like to request HEERF funds may submit an application by clicking the button below.  Students who received HEERF funds through Student Financial Aid are not eligible to receive additional HEERF funds through Student Care and Well-Being.

Please note, students are only eligible to submit one application for HEERF funds. Please do not submit duplicate applications.

HEERF funds application (for students who did not complete 2021-2022 FAFSA)

Students who have received HEERF funds and have experienced an emergency or crisis are eligible to apply for other forms of financial assistance through Student Care and Well-Being’s regular financial assistance programs described below.

Student Care and Well Being Financial Assistance Programs

Note: Student Care and Well Being emergency financial assistance is not eligible for use to pay tuition or student billing account.

Tide Together Student Support Fund

The Tide Together Student Support Fund, administered by Student Care and Well-Being, allows students the opportunity to access short term financial help in times of need. Currently, due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, this fund is being used to assist many students who may lack the financial resources needed to travel home, to find alternate housing arrangements, or to simply afford food. Some students may lack the technical and digital access to take classes online. Gifts to the Tide Together Student Support Fund are critical for supporting students in crisis, both now and in the future. While anyone can contribute to this fund, it was initially established by the Delta Mu chapter of Delta Delta Delta as an assistance program.

Please provide assistance to students impacted by COVID-19 by donating to the Tide Together Student Support Fund.

Tide Together Donation Form

Acts of Kindness – Student Emergency Relief Fund

The Acts of Kindness fund was established to provide appropriate relief to eligible students of The University of Alabama who experience a qualifying event or emergency.

SGA Need Based Scholarship

The purpose of the SGA Need Based Scholarship Fund is to provide financial relief for students with financial need so that they might continue their academic studies at the Capstone.

How to Apply for Financial Assistance

Students in need of financial assistance should complete the application below. The information you provide in the application helps our staff determine the best way to assist you. For questions about this program contact us at 205-348-2461.

Apply for Assistance

Other Resources

Technology Need Application

The Division of Student Life, Office of Information Technology and University Libraries are partnering to provide students with necessary technology tools. Web cameras and laptops are available to borrow for students in need. (WIFI Hotspots are no longer available to check out).  Students can request needed equipment by completing the Technology Need Application.

Please Note: All laptops are currently checked out at this time.  Students submitting requests for laptops will be placed on a waitlist and contacted as laptops are available.

Technology Need Application Form

School of Social Work Case Management Team

A team from the School of Social Work is available to help students locate additional support resources in the Tuscaloosa area or in your home community.  Team members are graduate level social work students, and they are supervised by a licensed social worker.  Please provide the requested information to be contacted by a member of the Case Management Team.

Students who agree to participate in the case management project with graduate social work student interns should be available to meet with the intern either through a Zoom video conference or through a telephone call for an initial meeting and then for follow up meetings as needed. Social work students will help participants navigate resources and attempt to connect students to agencies in the community where they are living to meet their expressed need. The services that social work interns can assist with include, but are not necessarily limited to, links to food resources, links to assistance with books or tuition, as well as links to rental and utility assistance. However, please note that this service does not include a monetary payment for assistance but instead the interns will make efforts to link students to resources for support in their communities.

NOTE: Students who need to contact a case manager with the COVID-19 Support Program should call the COVID-19 Support Call Center at 205-348-CV19.  

Connect with Case Managment Team

Tuscaloosa County Emergency Rental Assistance

Emergency assistance for rent and utility payments may be available for Tuscaloosa County residents.  Click on the red button below for more information.

Get more information on Tuscaloosa Co. Rental Assistance