Veteran students studying on-ground or online who face financial hardship due to an unexpected or emergency situation can find temporary assistance.
Administered through the Office of Veteran Student Services, the
Veteran Student Emergency Fund provides limited financial
assistance to currently enrolled students facing an unforeseen
hardship that could have a direct negative impact on their
The types of expenses that may be covered include:
The Veteran Student Emergency Fund was established in 2013 as
part of a special campaign called “40 Dollars/40 Years” conducted
during Saint Leo University’s 40th anniversary celebration of
educating service men and women.
Requests for assistance are approved and managed by the Office
of Veteran Student Services. The office serves as the focal point
for resources and support for veteran and active military students
who are attending classes at University Campus, a center, or
through the Center for Online Learning.
“Our goal is to get funds into the hands of a veteran student as
quickly as possible, ultimately within 48 hours of receiving the
request,” says Dr. Coll, director of the university's Office of
Veteran Student Services.
According to Dr. Coll, in the spirit of Saint Leo’s core values
of community and responsible stewardship, any veteran student who
receives assistance from the fund is asked, but not required, to
make a pledge to return any unused portion of the monies received
back into the fund.
The fund is entirely dependent on donations. To make a
contribution, contact Elizabeth Barr, associate director in the
Saint Leo Annual Fund Office at (352) 588-8824 or you can make a
“These brave men and women have sacrificed so much for this
great nation in our time of need,” says Dr. Coll. “It is an honor
to be part of this program to help them in their time of need.”