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Student Emergency and Essential Needs Fund

Student Emergency and Essential Needs Fund

The Northwestern Qatar Student Emergency and Essential Needs (SEEN) fund is available for students experiencing hardship amid financial duress.

The Student Emergency and Essential Needs (SEEN) Fund provides funding to cover costs associated with emergencies and essential needs (typically not exceeding $1000) that do not have to be repaid. This limited financial assistance is available for those unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation. The fund is designated to off-set a short-term financial need and is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid.

We acknowledge that students must have their basic needs met in order to be academically successful and this funding pathway, ensures that our students have the tools they need to succeed.

Eligibility

  • Open to all enrolled full-time Northwestern Qatar students
  • Eligibility for the Northwestern SEEN Fund is based on student financial aid status
  • Only one emergency fund application will be granted per person per academic year

Qualifying Expenses

Medical Expenses

This includes funding for medical expenses that are not included in the Northwestern Qatar provided insurance. Click here for more information on the existing insurance policy.

  • Medical expenses paid directly by the student (I.e., services not directly billed to an insurance company and student pay first and then reimbursement)
  • Prescriptions or medications
  • Medical bills (ongoing, emergency, office visits, etc.)
  • Mental Health Expenses (on-going therapy, emergency care, etc.)
  • Medical tests
  • Vision 
  • Dental 

COVID-19 Related Expenses

Atypical or Nonstandard Housing Expenses

Students experiencing additional costs for housing, beyond the average cost accounted for in your financial aid package, may be eligible to request additional assistance. Examples include:

  • Students who need to move during the term due to an emergency.
  • Students requiring special housing accommodation due to a medical condition.

Atypical or Nonstandard Food Expenses 

  • Students without access to the dining hall during work hours.
  • Dietary restrictions due to a medical condition.

Emergency travel

Belongings lost due to theft or property damage

What is not covered?

  • Tuition
  • Student fees or fines

Application Review Process

All applications will be reviewed by the Northwestern Qatar Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT). The BCT will consider the application material and any relevant supporting documentation to assess the viability of the request. An individual may only receive one award during the academic year.

Each request is reviewed individually. A rubric will be utilized in the review process and the following factors will be considered:

  • Financial aid status
  • Assessment of need based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  • The specific and immediate impacts the emergency/need may have on the student’s academic progress
  • The nature and urgency of the emergency and the totality of the student’s hardships

Every effort will be made to process these requests within two weeks. Not every request will be approved, or that approved applications will cover the full amount requested. Though the above criteria will be used, each decision is unique to each student's application and individual financial situation. All decisions are final and there is no appeal process. For questions, please contact the Northwestern Qatar Behavioral Consultation Team at BCT@qatar.northwestern.edu

Students seeking assistance with expenses not covered by the SEEN fund may be eligible for a Student Loan through Business and Finance. For questions, please contact studentfinance@qatar.northwestern.edu

The application is accessible here.

 

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