Who is eligible?
iMentor students who have graduated high school and:
- Are currently enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college
- Are accepted to, but not yet enrolled in, a 2-year or 4-year college
- Were previously enrolled in a 2-year or 4-year college, but are not currently enrolled
- Are currently enrolled in a Gap/Service Year Program
- Are accepted into, but not yet enrolled in a Gap/Service Year Program
- Are currently enrolled in a Certification or Vocational Training Program
- Are accepted into, but not yet enrolled in a Certification or Vocational Training Program
- Are currently enlisted in the military
- Are accepted to, but not yet actively enlisted in the military
What type of expenses qualify for the emergency fund?
The purpose of the iMentor Post-Secondary Program Emergency Fund is to provide students with financial support to cover expenses that would prevent them from enrolling into or persisting in college or other post-secondary education option. Students may apply for these one-time financial awards to cover the following expenses that might otherwise prevent them for starting or continuing in college, a gap/service year program, certification program or vocational training, or the military:
- Room & Board
- Personal Expenses (food and other critical personal items)
How to apply?
- Complete and submit the Emergency Fund Application
- Submit formal documentation from college, program or other organization that verifies the need for financial assistance
Optional: Submit a letter of support from any individual familiar with the reasons or circumstances surrounding the request
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to currently be matched with a mentor or be in regular communication with my mentor?
Do I have to be a US Citizen?
No. Immigration status is NOT considered and students are encouraged to apply regardless of immigration status.
Is there a deadline to apply for financial assistance?
No. These funds are intended to address real time, unexpected circumstances and therefore, students or mentors are encouraged to reach out to their Program Manager anytime to inquire about available funds.
Do I need to repay the award?
No, this is a one-time grant that does not need to be repaid to iMentor.
Are part-time college students eligible to apply?
Can I apply if I am no longer enrolled in college and need help paying an overdue balance?
Yes, if paying the overdue balance will result in your re-enrollment in college. Students in this situation will need to submit proof that they will be re-enrolled in the next semester.
How do I submit my application?
See the section "How to Apply," above.
What are the expectations of award recipients?
Award recipients are expected to:
- Maintain enrollment in their post-secondary education pathway (college, gap/service year program, certification program or vocational training, or military)
- Commit to attend all advising sessions
- Provide their college transcript or progress updates for their program
- Apply (or re-apply) for FAFSA and state financial aid, and provide documentation, where applicable
- Work with their Program Manager and mentor to develop a financial plan and budget to cover future educational costs
What do I do if I have additional questions?
Reach out directly to your Program Manager.