With an annual budget of $20 billion and more than 4,400 faculty members, UCF is one of the largest research universities in the nation.
But for many of its students, the school struggles with tuition, food costs, housing, and financial aid.
And this year, the university will launch a program that allows students to make up to $300 per month by applying for financial assistance through UCF Financial Peace.
“We’re looking for a community of people who are financially struggling and struggling to get out of financial difficulty,” says Michael Eberhardt, vice chancellor for financial aid and equity.
“It’s an incredible opportunity for students who are facing tough circumstances to get some help.”
UCF has partnered with the nonprofit organization Food Not Bombs to launch a financial assistance program, called UCF Food Peace, to help those in financial need.
Students can make up the cost of food at participating UCF restaurants.
The goal of the program is to help students get out from under debt and help them get back on their feet financially.
For those who don’t have the money to afford food, the program provides a free meal.
UCF students who need food assistance, can apply for it online.
The financial aid is available to students in the UCF Graduate School of Business, the UCB School of Engineering, and the UCSC Graduate School.
In the future, the goal is to expand the program to include other UCF departments.
“The goal is that it would be expanded to include departments as well,” Eberhart says.
“So if we had 10,000 people applying, we would get $1.5 billion in financial aid.”
The financial assistance also allows students who don�t have a financial aid package to get assistance from the UC Irvine School of Nursing, and is available for students at UCSC.
This is a pilot program that is currently only open to students with a UCF financial aid payment of $10,000 or less.
Students who qualify for financial support are expected to participate in two different ways: enroll in a financial counseling program and complete a financial assessment.
Those who complete a counseling program will get a $50 credit toward their next payment.
Those in a food assistance program are expected in the next two months to receive an application form.
“This is not a guarantee that you will be able to use this to get money,” Ebershardt says.
The program will not be available to non-students.
It’s designed for students whose financial needs are not directly related to their academic performance.
The food assistance is available through the UC Financial Peace app, which can be downloaded on a mobile device or on an online website.
“In the past, we have seen this model work well for a number of years, and we’ve seen that people are actually able to enroll,” Ebernhardt says, adding that the pilot program will help students who have been in financial trouble, and to those students who were able to qualify for food assistance but are struggling financially.
The application process is also simple.
Students just fill out the application form online, and are asked to select the category that best fits their needs.
The process is easy to understand, and it’s a good way to help people understand what they can expect to receive, says Stephanie Zolbacz, associate director of financial assistance at UCF.
“Our mission is to empower people to be better human beings and people who make the world a better place,” she says.
Students will also be able access financial aid information on the UCFI website.
This year, students will also receive financial assistance from UCI and the University of Illinois.
UCI provides $5,000 in financial assistance per semester, and $10 on average per semester for undergraduates.
The UCI Food Peace program will be open to undergraduates in fall 2017.
UCFI is a non-profit corporation.
It was founded in 1975 and serves more than 70,000 students across the country.
The University of California has more than 60,000 employees, and more recently, the University and UC Irvine have expanded the program.
UCIFER has a goal to help all UCI students to meet their financial needs, including those who are struggling to meet them.
The university is also looking to partner with other schools in the future.
UCIT’s Financial Assistance Center will be opened in the fall of 2019, and UCFI will continue to expand financial assistance to other UC campuses.
“At UCF, we’re constantly trying to improve the way we’re able to support students, faculty, and staff,” EBERHARDT says.