Christian Brothers University is proactively addressing the needs of our students who are facing immediate financial hardship with our Signum Fidei Student Support Fund. This fund, previously known as simply the Student Emergency Fund, originated with the recognition that our students were facing tremendous hardship during the COVID-19 pandemic. Generous donors stepped up as a “sign of faith” in our students and their future.

Students who are currently enrolled may apply for funds after they have exhausted all other resources (pending refunds, student loans, payment plans, additional student aid such as federal work-study, assistance from family/friends, other personal resources). This funding is NOT intended to reimburse students for expenses that have already been paid, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid

What is an Emergency?

The Signum Fidei Student Emergency Support Fund provides immediate assistance to CBU students in financial need due to unforeseen circumstances that are beyond the student’s control. This fund is intended to be a temporary means of helping students and does not provide on-going support. Students receiving assistance are expected to actively seek additional remedies to address their ongoing financial challenges. Students may, however, apply for assistance from the Signum Fidei Student Support Fund more than once.

Expenses and Eligibility

Expenses that MAY be Covered:

  • Medications and other costs related to emergency medical care
  • Food and/or toiletries
  • Books and other essential academic expenses
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings or temporary housing needs, due to loss of employment, fire, theft, or natural disaster

Expenses that will NOT be Covered:

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs.
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs
  • Regularly anticipated fixed expenses (i.e. rent).
  • Parking tickets.
  • Entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled students.
  • Applicants must have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incident.
  • Expenses must be unexpected, unforeseen, urgent, and unavoidable.
  • All other resources, including pending refunds and student loans must have been considered and are either insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.
  • Applicants must complete all questions in full. Supporting documentation is advised.

Application Process

Students who are in need of Signum Fedei Student Emergency Funds may submit an application and supporting documentation by completing the Signum Fidei Student Emergency Fund application. The Signum Fidei Student Emergency Fund Committee, made up of university staff members, will meet weekly to review applications and make funding determinations.

For information on the application please contact the Academic Services Office at (901) 321-3758.

Additional Resources 

Here at CBU, we are dedicated to supporting our students. We have provided information on the following campus and community resources to assist you. 

Work Study (Federal and Institutional)

Federal Work Study (FWS) and Institutional Work Study (IWS) are opportunities to work part-time, on-campus (must be approved by CBU Financial Aid Office) jobs to earn additional funds to pay for your tuition or personal expenses. Work Study is also a great opportunity to gain work experience, be involved in community service and contribute to the operations of the college. Work Study jobs are usually 10-15 hours a week and they pay $7.25/hr. To find out if you qualify, please contact the CBU Financial Aid Office at Once you learn your status, it is your responsibility to secure employment. You may access open positions and apply online through the CBU career services office handshake system (insert link here) If you have a particular interest or area where you wish to work, you can check with that department specifically and ask if they are hiring. Several departments on campus have Work Study positions available; however, here are some great places to start:

  • Academic Services (Barry Hall 37)
  • The Student Success Center (Thomas Center 100)
  • Campus Development and Student Life (Rozier Center Suite C)
  • Financial Aid (Barry Hall 21)
  • Plough Library

Once you have secured employment, download, and complete the Work Study Checklist Approval Form and ask your new supervisor to complete it with you.

Community Resources

 We are lucky to live in a city like Memphis because Memphians come together to help each other in times of need! Here is a list of community resources available to help families and/or individuals experiencing emergencies:

Housing and Rent Assistance Agencies
Metropolitan Interfaith Association: Metropolitan Interfaith Association (MIFA) provides basic assistance to families to prevent homelessness and encourage independence.
Neighborhood Christian Center: Neighborhood Christian Center aids families in Memphis experiencing crisis. Typical assistance includes emergency food, clothing, and housing items. Emergency rent and utility assistance is also available.
Agape Child and Family Services: The A4A Rapid Rehousing program at Agape Child and Family Services seeks to rehouse displaced families in the greater Memphis Area. The targeted applicants are youth, age 18-24, with or without children. Support lasts up to 12 months.

Pay it Forward

Signum Fidei Student Emergency Funds are awarded as philanthropic gifts and are not expected to be repaid. However, as a member of a Lasallian community, we would hope that upon receiving a gift, you would consider “paying it forward” by helping someone else in need in the future.  A perfect opportunity to give back after graduation would be donating the Signum Fidei Student Emergency Fund as an alumnus.