Providing financial assistance to students facing emergencies

For students who are struggling to make ends meet, a setback such as an unexpected car repair or medical bill may represent a major financial crisis, sometimes causing students to withdraw from college. To keep students on track to earn their degrees, Mount Mary University has established an emergency aid fund through an $84,000 Dash Emergency Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates. By quickly removing financial distractions, students can refocus on their studies and continue toward graduation.

Application Information

The Dash Grant, Mount Mary University’s emergency grant program, provides financial assistance to undergraduate students facing financial emergencies that could impact their educational success at Mount Mary.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Transportation (Bus Pass, Personal Auto)
  • Childcare
  • Food
  • Housing/Rent
  • Utilities
  • Medical/Dental

Ineligible expenses include:

  • Tuition
  • Books
  • Mount Mary Fees
  • Entertainment
  • Legal Fees
  • Alcohol/Tobacco

Am I eligible for the Dash Grant?

In order to be eligible to receive Dash Grant funding, undergraduate students must:

  • Have an EFC (Expected Family Contribution) of $7,000 or less
  • Provide documentation to support the financial emergency (bills, estimates, receipts)

Undergraduate students may receive only one emergency grant, up to $1,000, over the course of the two-year grant period, Fall 2017 – Summer 2019.

Assistance will be granted to all students who meet the eligibility requirements outlined above. If students do not meet these eligibility requirements, or if there are any questions, please contact the Student Support Consultants for assistance.

How to apply for the Dash Grant

To apply, students must create an online account and submit an application through the Scholarship America portal. Documents to support the request (billing statements, estimates, receipts) are required to complete the application and will allow for quick payments. Students must speak with a Student Support Consultant prior to submitting the application; students will be required to meet with a Student Support Consultant before receiving an approved emergency payment.

Once students have submitted the online application, it will be quickly reviewed. Students will be notified of the decision regarding their application within one business day. Students will receive official notification through email, outlining the funding amount and any necessary next steps; the payment will be issued within two business days following the submission of all necessary paperwork.

Be sure to return to the portal's Student Account Overview page to share your story and to find links to additional resources that may be helpful.

Award Payments

If approved for funding, payments will be made directly to a third party. Payment type will be determined by the University on a case-by-case basis. Once approved, award payments will be made available within two business days. Students will be notified by a Student Support Consultant when a decision is made regarding the application.

Questions? Want to Apply?

Please contact us with questions:

  • First Year Students: Sarah Olejniczak -- olejnics@mtmary.edu, (414) 930-3372, Caroline Hall 149
  • Other Undergraduate Students: Jennifer Looysen -- looysenj@mtmary.edu, (414) 930-3313, Haggerty Library 123