Resources for SP2 Students

SP2 offers a variety of student organizations funded by the SP2 Student Government. If you’re interested in starting a new student group, Visit this link for more information. To start a student group you need to have a least a chair, a finance chair and a faculty/staff advisor. If you have additional questions, email the SP2 Student Government at

The Howard Arnold Sustainability Fund is an emergency fund to help students who encounter unexpected and temporary financial hardship. The fund may be used for financial emergencies related to necessities such as housing, food, medication, transportation to school/internship, books, field placement or internship-related incidentals. This is a one-time award that typically does not exceed $500. It is not intended to be used for tuition unless the student is on a registration hold.

Students should apply by completing this form. The funds are generally disbursed as soon as possible after an award determination has been made, typically within three to five business days. Important: if a student is currently aided up to budget (the total cost of attendance: tuition, fees, and living expenses) the emergency fund award will reduce a portion of aid currently provided and will not be received in the form of a refund. If this is the case, students will need to complete a budget increase request form and receive an approval, in order to receive an actual refund. In addition, if there is a balance owed on a student’s Penn bursar account, the emergency funds may be delayed or absorbed by the balance due on the account.

To reserve space in the Caster Building lobby, please contact Jennifer Jones Clinkscales at

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