August 30, 2021

Dear Spelman students,

Recently members of Spelman's senior leadership heard firsthand some of the concerns and challenges many of you are facing.

I write now to remind our community of federal funds from the 2021 American Rescue Plan. With these resources the College is able to provide emergency assistance and support to ensure your well-being during the 2021-2022 school year.

Emergency funds are now available through the HEERF Emergency Grant for transportation, housing, food, technology equipment, medical bills, tuition, parking fees, childcare, and other needs.

Students who qualified for the Lyft initiative are eligible to apply for additional funds for transportation and other needs. On-campus residents, who were not eligible for Lyft credits, are encouraged to apply for emergency funding for transportation and other needs as well.

HEERF Student Emergency Grant Application and Award Process

Requests for financial assistance should be made in writing using the Emergency Fund Request form available on

Each student may apply for a maximum of $2,500 per semester. Funds will be distributed until exhausted or until the grant expires in April 2022.

Application guidelines:

  • Complete the Emergency Fund Request application

  • Allow at least 2-3 business days for processing

  • Provide any additional documentation that is requested

  • Notification will be sent through the student's Spelman College email address

Based on federal guidelines the funds may be used for any expense related to coronavirus disruptions which may include: tuition, food, housing, parking, health care (including mental health care), transportation or child care.

Additional HEERF Information

  • If you have not set up direct deposit, for expediency, we encourage you to contact Ms. Pat Johnson by e-mail,, for assistance. Please include  “Direct Deposit Request – HEERF Funding” in the email subject line.

  • To obtain an update on the status of your application, please contact the Dean of Students Office by email:

Please note that the funding cannot be used for academic related expenses including outstanding balances, textbooks or fees.

We will see this through together, in the spirit and tradition of our strong, caring and dedicated Spelman community.

Best regards,

Mary Schmidt Campbell, Ph.D.
President, Spelman College

Office of the President

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