Q: What is the purpose of the S.O.S. Emergency Relief Fund?
A: As funding permits, the S.O.S. Emergency Relief Fund provides students with financial assistance when faced with an unexpected emergency situation.
Q: How do I apply for S.O.S. Emergency Relief Funds?
A:S.O.S. Emergency Fund requests are submitted via the online application located on our website (https://www.unlv.edu/campuslife/sos-fund). The application link is located towards the bottom of the page under the Application Process section; it will only be visible when funding is available.
Q: I've visited the webpage and want to apply; however, I cannot access the application link, why is it not accessible/visible?
A: The application link will only be visible/active when funding is available.
Q: When are S.O.S. Emergency Relief funds available?
A: As funding permits, each semester, this fund's application link will open during the second week of September, February, and June (respectively for fall, spring, and summer semesters). The application will remain open until the designated funds are exhausted for that semester.
Q:When and how will I be notified about my application status?
A: Applications will be reviewed within 5 - 7 business days and you will receive a decision notification via email within that time frame. Email notifications will be sent to the email address you included on your application. Please verify your email address before submission.
Q: If awarded, when and how will I receive the funds?
A: These funds are processed through Financial Aid as a scholarship and, if applicable, a refund is processed (separately) through the Cashiering and Student Accounts Office.
After receiving your award email notification, please allow 12 - 15 business days for Financial Aid processing. Once the funds have been disbursed you will receive an email notification. If you have already maxed your cost of attendance, you will receive a reduction in existing loans/aid. Also, please know if you have a UNLV bill the funds will pay towards the bill first. Please check your MyUNLV account for updates and verify your home and mailing addresses in the MyUNLV system.
Q: What is the separate process for the Cashering and Student Accounts Office?
After Financial Aid disburses the award, the Cashiering and Student Accounts Office will begin your refund process. Depending on your current account status, you will receive your refund as a direct deposit (requires Direct Deposit setup) or paper check. Please check your MyUNLV account for updates and verify your home and mailing addresses in the MyUNLV system. NOTE: If a check is mailed to the wrong address or not received in a couple of weeks, please email the Cashiering and Student Accounts Office informing them of the situatiion and asking them to void the check and reissue a new check.
Q: If I previously received these funds can I receive funds again?
A: A student may be awarded these funds one time per academic year.
Q: What if I didn't complete the required Money Managing Workshop via the Academic Success Center (ASC)?
A: You will be ineligible for these funds until you complete the workshop.
Q: Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
A: Please email us your question(s) at email@example.com.