Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund Application (LEAF)
Helping students through hardships
Every summer the LEAF takes a break and will return in fall 2021.
If you or someone you know needs assistance you may complete a CARE form, email the Office of the Dean of Students, or call 928 523-5181. We are happy to have individual conversations about university and community resources.
$200,000 dollars distributed to students through the Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund
The Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF) provided emergency grants of $500 per student throughout the 2020-21 school year. By the end of spring 2021, LEAF has funded approximately 400 students with $500 grants used to meet their most urgent needs. With funding from the NAU Foundation and the Associated Students of Northern Arizona University (ASNAU), LEAF will distribute approximately $200,000 directly to students in the 2020-21 school year. Over 77% of the LEAF applicants listed COVID-19 related job loss as the basis for their application.
You can contribute to the LEAF by visiting the nau.edu/giving and searching for the Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund (Fund Number: 4450). You can contact the foundation at Foundation@nau.edu or by calling 928-523-2012.
What is the Eligibility Criteria:
- Currently enrolled in one or more class
- Must be enrolled and attending Northern Arizona University (Mountain Campus, online, or state-wide
- Limited to one LEAF grant per NAU career
- Unexpected financial need, circumstances, urgent event, situation (more than just supplementing financial aid)
How much can I receive?
Staff from the Office of the Dean of Students will make the determination on the approval of funding and the amount of funding. The value of the award may range in response to the needs of the student but does not typically exceed $500 and is limited to one award per NAU career. The fund is designated to help offset a short-term financial need and is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid.
Do I have to repay this funding?
Funds are awarded as a grant and do not need to be repaid. Funds may count as income and may be subject to federal and/or state taxes. Funds received will need to be reported on the appropriate year(s) Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
To receive a LEAF Grant you must:
- Meet the Eligibility Criteria
- Complete the application
- Provide documentation supporting your request
- Comply with any request for further information including a request for a personal or virtual meeting.