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Reach Higher Emergency Grant Program
Deadline to apply: December 18, 2020 3:00 pm CT

Reach Higher at Common App has established an emergency grant program to support eligible undergraduate students.

This program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship, tuition assistance and other education support programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.

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Applicants to the Reach Higher Emergency Grant Program must:

  • Be identified as an eligible student and notified as such by Reach Higher
  • Be an enrolled college student, attending at least half-time (at least one or more courses with a minimum of 6 credit hours or equivalent) in undergraduate study at an accredited two- or four-year college, university or vocational-technical school
  • Have unexpected financial difficulties which may impact enrollment in school
  • Be able to upload a course schedule to verify enrollment
  • Be able to upload documentation of eligible expense

What is the grant maximum?

The maximum grant is $1,000 but will not exceed the amount of the eligible expense.

Requests for food and groceries up to $500 can be approved. Note: You will be asked to submit a receipt or receipts for groceries within 60 days of receiving the grant.

How fast can I receive the grant?

Decisions for all complete applications are made within one business day. Approved requests will be paid within three business days. Note: Processing times may take longer during surges and in cases where we are missing documentation, payment info, or electronic payment is not available.

How is the money provided?

Grants will be made payable directly to your bank account through corporate quick pay. If you do not have a bank account, you can also request a check that will be mailed to you.

Is the grant taxable?

Grants may be considered taxable income. Work with a tax professional to determine if your grant is taxable.

Eligible expenses include:

  • Housing/Rent/Utilities
  • Medical/Dental
  • Childcare
  • Transportation/Car Repair (not gas or insurance)
  • Food/Groceries
  • Technology/Computer/Wi-Fi

Books, tuition and fees, and required course materials are not eligible.

As part of your application, you must upload the following:

  • Course schedule that includes your name, school name, courses and credit hours for each course, or another document that shows that you are enrolled.
  • Documentation of expenses (i.e. bills, invoices, receipts) to verify the amount of emergency need requested. Documentation must include:
    • Your name
    • Vendor’s name, address and phone number
    • Itemized list of expense(s) and total expense
    • An expense after June 5, 2020

Your application is not complete unless all required documents are submitted electronically.

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