SAFER Information

SAFER Information

Student Action Fund for Emergency Relief (SAFER)

The number of students who can be served by the fund is subject to available resources.

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If you are experiencing an emergency or crisis and we are unavailable during business hours, or if it is after business hours or the weekend, please call the Mobile Crisis Hotline at (808)832-3100, or call 911, or go to the nearest Hospital Emergency Room for assistance.

STUDENT ACTION FUND for Emergency relief
The Student Action Fund for Emergency Relief (SAFER) provides limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation. The fund is designated to offset a short-term financial need and is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid. Funds are awarded as a grant, and unlike a loan, do not need to be repaid. Funds may count as income and may be subject to federal and/or state taxes.

The following includes typical expenses that may be covered by the SAFER This list is not exhaustive:

-Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, flood, theft, or natural disaster
-Emergency or temporary housing assistance
-Medications or costs related to emergency medical care (not covered by insurance)
-Assistance with rent or utilities due to an emergency situation
-Emergency transportation costs related to a family death or illness
(In extreme medical emergencies travel related expenses for students family members will be considered)
-Safety related needs (i.e. changing a lock)
-Other emergency situation that will impact a student's ability to fully participate in their academic career at HPU

The following includes examples of items that may NOT be covered by SAFER. This list is not exhaustive:

-Penalties, fines, tickets, legal fees, or jail bonds
-Lost IDs or meal cards
-Normal and anticipated academic expenses (tuition, fees, health insurance, books)
-Non-essential utilities, household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
-Costs for entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
-Replacement of non-essential personal items due to fire, flood, theft or natural disaster


-Applicant must be a currently enrolled student at HPU
-Applicant must have financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other critical incident
-Applicant must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship
-Other possible resources have been considered and are either unavailable or insufficient
-Priority will be given to students who have not applied for SAFER resources within the past year

Students must submit an application via the linked form below. The Vice President of University Relations will review the application and determine the funding amount. If approved, students will be notified of the amount and the money will be distributed. Students receiving assistance from this fund must submit receipts within 10 days, unless there are extenuating circumstances which require an extension. Failure to do so could prohibit use of this fund in the future. In extreme circumstances the Vice President of University Relations may bypass the application procedure and direct funding as needed.


The number of students who can be served by the fund is subject to available resources. The fund must be sustained by contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University.

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