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The program is currently closed. Please check back in January for the updated program information.


Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program
Application status: Closed

Wells Fargo is strongly invested in supporting our nation’s veterans, including a commitment to assist them in completing postsecondary education programs to help them return to, and succeed in, a competitive job market. The Wells Fargo Veterans Scholarship Program provides scholarships to fill unmet financial need of veterans after military benefits and other grants and scholarships have been packaged by their school. This financial support will allow veterans to focus on completing their education and reduce reliance on student loans.

The program is administered by Scholarship America®, the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement 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.

Applicants to the Wells Fargo Veterans Emergency Grant Program must:

  • Be honorably-discharged (no longer drilling) veterans or spouses of disabled veterans who have served in the United States military, including the Reserves and National Guard, and have received a Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs or another document of service. (Limit one emergency grant per family.)
  • Be already enrolled in full-time undergraduate (first Bachelor’s degree) or graduate (first Master’s degree) study at an accredited two-year or four-year college, university, or vocational-technical school* for the entire 2019-2020 academic year.
    *College must not be on warning or probationary status with the federal government, or must not be in litigation with the federal government or a state.
  • Have completed the FAFSA to ensure full discovery of actual unmet need.
  • Use any military education benefits for which they are eligible in the upcoming academic year.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent.
  • Be eligible for Federal Funding-Subsidized and unsubsidized federal loans &/or Federal Pell Grants.

Emergency Grants
Emergency grants are available to eligible veterans who are enrolled fulltime in postsecondary education and experience unexpected financial difficulties that might cause them to drop out from school. Grants are available for a one-time distribution with a suggested maximum of up to $1,000 based on the cost of the emergency need.

Identify one emergency need for consideration. Grants can be used for expenses such as:

  • Housing/Rent
  • Utilities
  • Medical/Dental expenses
  • Personal automobile repair expenses
  • Public transportation/Bus pass
  • Childcare

Preference will be given to housing (rent or mortgage) requests. There is no application deadline, but grants will be awarded on an ongoing basis until funds are exhausted.

Payment of Funds
If approved, recipient will receive a check made out to the company to which payment is due approximately two weeks after submission of a complete application.  Applications are given consideration on first complete basis until funds available have been exhausted. In the event payment is needed sooner than two weeks, please contact Scholarship America directly to coordinate a solution.

Additional Resources
Beyond College: Wells Fargo Webinars: Covering a wide range of topics, from personal finances to professional development, the Beyond College Webinar series will help better prepare you for what’s next after college. To listen, replay or register for the event, please visit: If prompted, registrants should enter passcode wellsfargo2019 (all lowercase) to register for or listen to the playback of each webinar.

As part of your application, you must upload the following supporting documents prior to application submission:

  1. A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Transcripts must display student name, school name, grade and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  2. Documentation of expense (i.e. bill, invoice, receipt)
  3. Copy of DD214 (preferred) OR Certificate of Eligibility from the Department of Veterans Affairs OR other document of service. Be sure your DD214 includes “Special Additional Information” section.
  4. Current college financial aid award letter (preferred) OR Student Aid Report (SAR) from most recent FAFSA filed.
  5. If applicant is the spouse of a disabled veteran, provide VA disability letter and copy of marriage license.

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

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