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Palmer Student Emergency Relief Fund

Palmer Cares

Palmer College of Chiropractic understands that disasters and unforeseen circumstances can adversely impact students in a variety of ways. Our goal is to provide students access to emergency funds to help them stay in school and progress toward their goal of becoming a Doctor of Chiropractic.

The Palmer Student Emergency Relief Fund is made possible by generous donations from alumni, staff, faculty and friends of Palmer College. The intent of the funding is to support students experiencing a temporary financial hardship; and is a reflection of the commitment to student success shared by the entire Palmer community. Any member of the Palmer community who would like to contribute to student success through the Palmer Student Emergency Relief Fund can donate online or call Palmer’s Advancement and Alumni Office at 563-884-5453.

Palmer Student Emergency Relief Fund

Grants from this fund are separate from any Federal assistance provided through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF), which includes emergency financial aid grants created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Palmer Student Emergency Relief Fund was created to provide support for enrolled Palmer College students who are experiencing a financial emergency that impacts their ability to stay on track toward graduation. Students must be experiencing an unexpected, temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis situation; or struggling with debilitating financial circumstances which may impede their academic progress and ability to complete classes. Emergency funding is provided in the form of one-time per calendar-year award. It’s not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses.

Emergency funding is provided in the form of a grant that doesn’t need to be repaid. Students experiencing hardship may apply during any term in which they’re enrolled. Applications will be reviewed by the Office of Financial Planning.

Students should be aware that emergency funding may be taxable.

Award Amount

The amount of a grant will vary according to availability of funds. Because the grant funding is dependent on donor support, the availability of grants and the maximum dollar amount of an individual grant will fluctuate. The goal of grants from this fund is to alleviate, not eliminate, financial hardship, and to assist as many students as possible with some level of grant.

Application and grant award-amount details are forthcoming. Information on this page will be updated regularly.

Awarding Criteria

Many factors are taken into consideration when reviewing applications and determining grant amounts. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • Availability of funding
  • The nature and urgency of the student’s emergency. Priority consideration will be given to students whose financial hardship directly impacts their ability to continue their studies.

What expenses can be covered through the Student Emergency Fund?

  • Medical
  • Vehicle repair
  • Emergency travel
  • Loss of income
  • Temporary or permanent relocation

What expenses are typically not covered by the Student Emergency Fund?

  • Credit card debt
  • Penalties, fines, parking or other tickets
  • Nonessential expenses
  • Expenses due to a lack of planning or overspending

Eligibility Requirements

  • Student must be enrolled at one of the three Palmer College campuses.
  • Student must not be on academic suspension, behavioral probation or suspension.

How an Award is Paid

Grants from this fund will be disbursed within 10 business days of the application approval. Grant funds will first be applied to meet any outstanding balance on a student’s account. Any remaining amount will be disbursed to the student either by paper check or direct deposit. If a grant is denied, the student may reapply in the following term, so long as the student remains eligible.


Application and grant award amount details are forthcoming. Information on this page will be updated regularly. uses cookies for advertising. You may disable them in your browser settings. Privacy Statement
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