Emergency Resources

I've had a personal set-back and need money quickly.

  • Parents or guardians can deposit money quickly into your RU Express account for use in a variety on on-campus and off-campus merchants
  • A limited amount of money is set aside by the University for short-term loans to students who have a temporary need for money to take care of expenses related to being a student at Radford ($250 Max). Learn more about the opportunity in the Office of Financial Aid
  • There are several banks with a local presence here in Radford who may be able to help with a loan, including Suntrust, BB&T, and Wells Fargo.  

I have a family emergency and might need to leave school for awhile. What do I do?

  • Work with the Dean of Students to see if a Leave of Absence will work for your circumstance. Once a Leave of Absence is secured, absence notifications are sent for non-academic reasons to assist a family during a rare and significant event or crisis in a student’s life. 
  • Speak with your advisor to see if an academic withdrawl would be an option for you. Note that students withdrawing from all courses during a given semester must also contact the Office of Student Sucess and Retention. Any student who withdraws from the university during a fall or spring semester must apply for readmission through the Office of the Registrar.  

I am unable to afford housing, food, and/or clothing. Who can help?

  • On-campus HEHROS program was formed in 2016 with the issue of student homelessness in mind. HEHROS aims to empower students by mitigating the challenges they face and connecting them with available resources. Types of assistance include: employment assistance; dining hall meal assistance; emergency financial assistance; support for alleviating housing concerns; and gently used coats, scarves, hats, as well as a limited amount of clothing and toiletries available.
  • New River Community Action is an off-campus local homeless prevention program providing a variety of services, including time-limited financial assistance to eligible people in the New River Valley who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless.
  • Women’s Resource Center in Radford provides emergency help and shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.
  • Radford-Fairlawn Daily Bread, Pulaski Daily Bread Inc, and Radford Clothing Bank provide local assistance for students experiencing homelessness, food insecurity or is in the process of transitioning.