May I use the funds for a computer?
Yes. With proof of enrollment to a college, university or trade school. You will have to pay for the computer and then submit receipts to ER for reimbursement.
May I buy an iPad for school?
Yes. If you show proof of enrollment, and it is necessary for school related work.
May I buy a car with the funds?
No. This is not the appropriate use of the scholarship funds.
May I pay for a campus-parking pass?
Yes. With proof of enrollment to an institution of higher education. You will need to pay for the pass and then submit a receipt for reimbursement.
May I pay for rent or utilities while I'm in school?
No. These are not appropriate uses of the scholarship funds.
May I buy a bus pass if it is to get to school?
Yes. You must show proof of enrollment and purchase the pass and submit the receipt for reimbursement.
May I buy books or other required school items?
Yes. You will need to buy your school supplies and then send the receipts to ER for reimbursement, unless the school bookstore will accept an ER check.
May I study abroad with the funds?
Yes. You will need to enroll and send a tuition bill from the institution. Make sure that they can cash a check from the United States.
Will I be able to pay for school registration deposits?
Yes. Either send ER a bill in advance, or pay for the non-refundable registration deposit and submit your receipts to ER for reimbursement.
If my parents pay for my school expenses, can they get reimbursed?
Yes. As long as you can show proof of enrollment, then all you need to do is have your parents send us receipts of payment on your behalf.
What types of trade/vocational schools are legitimate?
Culinary, Plumbing, and Carpentry.
What other non-traditional education options can I pursue?
Classes in Bartending School, Aviation, or Dance would be examples of what is possible.
Will I be able to pay off my student loans?
Only your undergraduate loans if you haven’t used your total $8,000 available to you ($2k a year x 4 years).
Can you get on my school website and download the tuition bills for me?
No. You have to get all necessary paperwork from your school and send it to ER. The institution will not allow us to have access to your bills or personal information.
If I owe Eagle Rock money for student debts, can I still access my funds?
No. If you owe ER, this needs to be paid prior to you having access to your funds.
Can't ER deduct my student debts from my GHEd funds instead?
No. This is not allowed since; the funds are separate budget from the school budget.
Is it necessary to sign the back of the check?
Yes. The checks are written to both you and the institution. We require a co-signature for use of funds.
Can you send the check to my personal address first?
Yes. But we prefer to send it directly to the college or university.
Should I call ER to let you know if I move and change address, phone number, or e-mail?
Yes. It would be extremely helpful to the business office to have your current information on record.
What if I miss the deadline of the 10th of the month, can't you just make an exception?
No. We will be cutting checks for the graduate fund once a month. Plan ahead. If you miss one deadline, then you can submit for the next deadline.
What if I don't have access to a computer can I still apply for my funds?
Yes. Call ER, and mail or fax in all necessary materials to the business office.
Can ER write a letter to the bursar's office indicating that I have funds available to use for school?
Yes. We will be able to write any letters on your behalf informing them of your available funds.
May I use more than the $2,000 a year allotted for my school?
No. We give out up to $2,000 a year for school expenses only. This is based on our fiscal year, April – March.
Is there an age limit for graduates to use their funds by?
No. We currently don’t have an age limit by which you have to use the funds.
What if I don't go to graduate school do I lose those funds?
Yes. If you don’t go to graduate school then you will not have access to the remaining $6,000 in funds.
Isn't e-mailing and leaving phone messages enough in order to get my funds?
No. Fill out the application on-line and submit it to the ER business office by the 10th of every month.
Will I get a confirmation after I submit the on-line application?
Yes. You will receive an auto generated email after successfully submitting your application. We encourage you to print that page for your records of submission date/time.
Will you help pay money I owe the school I'm attending or a Collection Agency?
Yes. Only if this is school related, and is preventing you from attending school we can help pay for the debt owed.
What if ER is on trimester break, will I be forgotten?
No. There will usually be someone available to answer questions or take care of cutting the checks.
What if the check ER sent didn't arrive at the school?
Call us at ER immediately so we can put a stop payment on the check and re-issue another check to the institution.
What if I change schools and dis-enroll, will I lose the money?
No. Call us immediately and inform the institution to send the money back to ER.
May I ask the institution to cut me the check if I dis-enroll in school?
No. You will need to ask them to send any money not used for higher education back to ER.
If I don't get a hold of the business office, can't I get the Head of School involved?
No. Once you submit your application on-line then it will be sent directly to the accountant in the business office. We handle the graduate fund, tracking, reviewing materials and all check disbursements.
Will I always be guaranteed $14,000?
No. It depends on how the GHEd Endowment Fund is doing in the stock market. If the stock market takes a hit, then the board might make adjustments to the amount of the scholarship given to the students.
Is the amount of the scholarship retroactive if I graduated in an earlier trimester?
Yes. If you graduated at a time when the scholarship amount was $1,000 a year, then you will now be allowed $2,000 a year.
May I have access to my funds before I graduate?
No. You can only have access to your funds the Saturday after graduation when you receive your diploma from ER.
May I have my parents or guardian call ER on my behalf?
Yes. Only if you can’t call the business office, otherwise it is better to be in direct communication with ER.
May I use my funds if I have set-up a payment plan to pay of my debt?
No. All student debt must be paid in full before you have access to the funds.
May I call the reception desk to get help?
Yes. The receptionist will direct you to the appropriate person for help.
Will the business office automatically take care of my bills every year?
No. Don’t assume that the business office will remember every students different billing needs. You will need to submit a new application on the 10th of each month.