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The Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship.

Average award amounts range from $25 to $300 per student and are typically only awarded once. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Some funds may be considered income and are therefore subject to federal taxes.

Types of Expenses Considered

Examples of expenses that may be considered for funding include:

  • Utilities
  • Medication/prescription expenses
  • Books or school related expenses
  • Replacement of belongings lost in a fire or natural disaster
  • Safety-related needs (e.g. lock change, emergency shelter)

Eligibility Requirements

Students seeking financial assistance should be currently enrolled and able to provide documentation of their financial hardship. Students seeking assistance during summer sessions and are not enrolled but are registered for fall courses may qualify for alternative forms of assistance.

Other Resources

The Student Emergency Fund is made possible through the generous donations of Texas Parents, alumni, and the Austin Energy Plus 1 Program. Students, faculty, and staff also donate by participating in Party on the Plaza, 40 Hours for the Forty Acres, and the Hearts of Texas Campaign. Student groups donate to the fund, including Orange Jackets and Challah for Hunger.