Students may experience an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, unforeseen expense while in school. The University offers several types of assistance for students in such special circumstances.

NOTE: Emergency funding may impact previously awarded aid, so it is important to coordinate with the Office of Financial Aid. Students are also encouraged to contact the student affairs office in their respective school or college.

Situations that warrant funding may include:

  • Medical, dental or mental health emergencies for the student
  • Major accidents and events such as fire and natural disasters
  • Expenses related to the death of an immediate family member

The table below provides information regarding the availability of emergency funding from a variety of sources.

Sources Available to All Students

Unit

Program

Additional Information

Office of Financial Aid (OFA) OFA provides up to $500 as a short-term (90 day), interest-free loan. The student must be enrolled and cannot have an outstanding short-term emergency loan. Short-term loan application instructions
Dean of Students Office, Student Life Annual funding is available to assist current students. Student Life frequently partners with academic unit funds to collaboratively address student needs. Contact Assistant Dean of Students Sarah Daniels
CEW+ CEW+ offers emergency funding to current U-M Ann Arbor graduate students and undergraduate students. These grants, called Emergency Funds (EF), are for unexpected financial emergencies that threaten to derail degree progress. Students must speak to a CEW+ counselor to determine eligibility. EFs are coordinated with academic and non-academic units to meet eligible student’s needs. More information:
Emergency Funding

 

Unit-Specific Sources

Unit

Program

Additional Information

College of Engineering Annual funding is available to assist current students with onetime emergency/special circumstances. Undergraduate Contact College of Engineering Scholarship Manager

College of Engineering Doctoral and Master’s Program Emergency Funding

College of Literature, Science and the Arts The LSA Emergency Scholarship provides scholarships for qualified LSA students in legitimate emergency situations where a catastrophic event has occurred. Process and requirements are posted on website. LSA Emergency Scholarship
Ford School of Public Policy The Ford School emergency fund is designed to provide financial assistance to Ford School students, both undergraduate and graduate, who face an emergency (unforeseen or unexpected) situation during their degree program. Contact us at
fspp-fellowships@umich.edu

for additional information.
Law School The Law School Emergency Student Aid Fund is intended to support students with onetime unforeseen or emergency personal financial situations that may impact their ability to continue their studies. Contact the Law School Financial Aid Office
Medical School U-M Medical School has limited funds available for special financial needs of students. Process and requirements are posted on website.

Extra Help for Current Students

Rackham Graduate School

The Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund is intended to help meet the financial needs of Rackham graduate students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program. Process and requirements are posted on website. Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Funds
Ross School of Business Requests are referred to the Office of Financial Aid. Office of Financial Aid Short-term loan application instructions
School of Dentistry Students may apply for one-time emergency financial support through the emergency loan program via the Office of Financial Aid. Information about Emergency Loans and other resources
School of Education The School of Education has an Emergency Fund which serves to provide support to undergraduate students after all other funding opportunities have been exhausted. Contact Eileen Brussolo
efc@umich.edu
(734) 936-1829
School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) The SEAS Emergency Fund is intended to supplement the financial needs of SEAS graduate students who encounter an emergency situation. Each request will be evaluated individually on a case-by-case basis. There are no set award amounts as they will vary depending on each individual’s situation. Students can request up to $500, with possible exceptions for additional amounts, if needed and available. Additional information and the application.
For questions, please contact SEAS-Financial-Aid@umich.edu
School of Information The School of Information provides emergency funding up to $2500 for students enrolled in our BSI, MSI, or MHI programs. Students are limited to one (1) Emergency Fund award during their career. For UMSI students enrolled in our PhD program, we rely on the Rackham emergency funds program, which supports emergency funding up to $2500 and is also limited to one (1) Emergency Fund award during their career. Contact the Office of Student Affairs (734) 763-2285
School of Music, Theatre and Dance The School works closely with the Office of Financial Aid whenever requests are made. Office of Financial Aid Short-term loan application instructions
School of Nursing Student requests are referred by Associate Dean or Student Services staff members. Information is gathered and evaluated by committee. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs
School of Public Health The School of Public Health Emergency Fund is intended to help meet the financial needs of School of Public Health students who encounter an emergency situation or an unforeseen expense during their degree program. School of Public Health Emergency Fund or contact Dani Koel at danikoel@umich.edu
School of Social Work Students can contact the Assistant Dean of Student Services, Tim Colenback, timot@umich.edu, with emergency need requests. Contact Contact the Assistant Dean of Student Services, Tim Colenback, timot@umich.edu.
Stamps School of Art & Design Emergency funding is available to Stamps students who encounter unexpected emergencies during their degree program. Funds can be used to cover costs associated with housing, emergency travel, food expenses, technology access, medical and dental expenses, or other one-time unanticipated expenses. Stamps Student Emergency Fund: Assistance Request

Questions? Contact the Stamps Director of Student Life

Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Students are referred to the Office of Financial Aid. Office of Financial Aid Short-term loan application instructions