Student emergency funds

The University of Minnesota has created emergency funds to assist and support University of Minnesota students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event.

These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a supplement to a student's education funding sources. Instead, these funds are for those students who experience an event or circumstance that negatively and severely impacts their academic success.


An eligibility review will determine if granting the emergency fund request will have an impact on current or future aid if received. Priority will be given to students whose persistence at the University may be at risk because of unexpected expenses. Emergency funds can be used for groceries/food, housing/rent, medical, transportation, technology, or other expenses that may be experienced during a financial crisis. 

Note: Emergency grant funds are limited.

The typical range of awards is $50-$1,000 depending on types of expenses, circumstances, and/or documentation provided.

Request emergency funds

To request student emergency funds contact One Stop Student Services at [email protected]. Based on your circumstances, One Stop Counselors may recommend applying for or seeking other funding options available to you.

Additional Resources

Your situation may require more assistance than what student emergency funds can provide. Below are additional community and campus resources you may find helpful.

UMR Food Resources

Olmsted County Community Resources