Student Support Network

If you’re struggling academically, socially or personally, you can find an advocate through the Student Support Network. We are a small team of faculty, staff and administrators who confidentially discuss appropriate and timely interventions for students in need of assistance or support.

Our Goal

Our goal is to encourage students' persistence to graduation and their active pursuit of God's call on their lives by:

  • Identifying and supporting students who are struggling academically, socially or personally, or who may be considering withdrawing from George Fox
  • Assigning an appropriate person to follow up with the student
  • Pointing the student to available resources

Sending an Alert

If you have a George Fox account and you are concerned about a student, go to, log in and submit an “alert.”

If you are a parent or someone without a George Fox login who is concerned about a student, please use our Intervention Alert Form.

Student Emergency & Textbook Assistance Fund

The Student Emergency Fund was established to help ensure that George Fox students have access to support and resources when an unexpected financial crisis occurs.

The fund provides financial assistance to currently enrolled George Fox undergraduates who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected emergency.

The award amount is limited to $500 per student for the time they are enrolled at the university, although this requirement may be waived under certain circumstances. The goal of this fund is to prevent one small emergency or unexpected expense from derailing a student’s academic journey.

A student studying in the Canyon Commons while it's raining outside

Payment will be made in the form of gift cards to local grocery stores, gasoline companies, etc., or through direct payments to vendors for bills such as rent, utilities, phone, medical bills, and automobile repair.

The Textbook Assistance Fund provides assistance to undergraduate students who are unable to purchase required textbooks due to financial hardship. The fund is intended to assist students by providing financial support where a clear need exists.

How to Apply

Students in need of emergency financial assistance may apply and provide supporting documentation by completing the Student Emergency and Textbook Assistance Request Application. The Student Emergency Fund Committee will review submitted applications, and applicants will be required to meet with a representative from the Student Emergency Fund Committee to discuss their application.

Please read the information below carefully before submitting the request application.

The following criteria must be met:

  • Currently enrolled at George Fox University
  • Currently in good standing at the university
  • Evidence of need will be requested from the financial aid office
  • Approval from financial aid to add additional funds to a financial aid package
  • Receipts or documentation for expenses may be requested as needed
  • Personal belongings lost in a natural disaster (fire, flood, tornado, etc.)
  • Urgent expense related to off-campus housing
  • Food insecurity
  • Emergency medical expenses when the student cannot pay and the costs cannot be covered by insurance
  • Emergency temporary lodging for students who find themselves homeless or unsafe in their current dwelling
  • Travel expenses for a student to return home due to a family death or other emergency
  • Books (under special circumstances)
  • Academic testing 
  • Childcare
  • Routine expenses
  • Expenses due to lack of financial planning
  • Outstanding debt (to the university or otherwise)
  • Tuition and other university fees
  • Licensure testing fees
  • Legal fees and court costs
  • Funds cannot be distributed in cash form.
  • Assistance will be offered in the form of gift cards, direct payment for goods or services.
  • Receipts must be provided (when applicable) to provide that funds are used for the designated purpose.
  • The financial aid staff will be consulted to confirm that the student has a financial need.
  • The financial aid staff will confirm that the students have room to add additional funds to their financial aid package.
  • Reimbursements can only be made to students enrolled at George Fox.
  • Employees who assist in providing funds to a student may not be reimbursed with this fund.
  • Depending upon the request, funds may take up to five business days to be available.


If you have any questions about assisting students, please contact one of the people listed below:

Heather Harney

Heather Harney

Assistant Director of Learning Support Services

Jere Witherspoon

Jere Witherspoon

Student Care and Student Life Operations Specialist