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Emergency Funds

Emergency Aid Grants

The following grant(s) are available for Merritt College students, who meet the criteria and are experiencing financial hardship. Applications will remain open until funds are exhausted. 

Due to the overwhelming demand the Hunger Free Emergency Food Grant and Student Equity Achievement  (SEA) Grant, are no longer available.

Hunger Free Emergency Food Grant
Grant Amount: $100.00, in Safeway Cards*
Purpose: To provide students with access to food
How To Apply: Complete the online application
Eligibility Requirements: Enrolled in 3 units and list Merritt College as home school
Contact: Doris Hankins, Director of Student Activities & Campus Life, dhankins@peralta.edu

Student Equity Achievement (SEA) Grant
Grant Amount: $500.00 (One time grant) provided as a Bank Mobile disbursement
Purpose: Transportation, Health Care, Housing Rent, Childcare, and Utilities
How To Apply: Complete the online application
Eligibility Requirements: Enrolled in 3 units and list Merritt College as home school
Contact: Dr. Lilia Chavez, Vice President of Student Services, vpssmerritt@peralta.edu

AT&T Oakland Promise Emergency Support Scholarship
Grant Amount: $100.00, a one-time grant provided as a check*
Purpose: Provide emergency aid for OUSD Oakland Promise Students, to assist students with the cost of books, classes, housing, tools, and supplies needed to further their education.
How To Apply: Complete the online application by Saturday, May 30th by 11:59 pm.
Eligibility Requirements: Oakland Promise Student enrolled full-time in a Peralta College (BCC, CoA, Laney, or Merritt); completed a Student Educational Plan with a counselor; live in Alameda County; have a minimum 2.5 GPA; demonstrate financial need.
Contact: Peralta Colleges Foundation, mashariki.white@peralta.edu
*Checks will be mailed to selected applicants towards the end of May