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Student Emergency Funding Guidelines

The Student Emergency Fund was created to help students with financial assistance in a serious time of need. This fund is intended to be a supplemental financial resource when students are unable to meet immediate and essential expenses because of a temporary hardship surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing. Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.

The spirit of this funding is primarily to support emergency circumstances and priority is given to students in the highest financial need tiers. Funding is usually limited to under $500 and most grants are under $300.  Please note the Dean's Office may not be able to fulfill all requests. 

Examples of qualifying needs include, but are not limited to:

To minimize immediate critical needs of students caused by acute financial stress
To provide for short-term financial assistance due to unusual or unforeseen medical expenses
Support for temporary housing, and/or other essential needs such as food, due to displacement by fire or other unforeseen environmental hazard
Support shelter for a student in a dangerous situation due to acts of violence or other victimization
To fund travel or transportation of a student or a student's belongings home due to family emergency, crisis, or death

Students may also access an emergency grant for computer purchases - we recommend that students check with the Financial Aid Office with regard to possible loan options.

Examples of eligible non-academic requests include, but are not limited to, expenses associated with emergency medical, dental, vision procedures, unanticipated trips home due to a family emergency, and various fees related to postgraduate opportunities.