Student Financial Hardship Fund

The purpose of the Student Financial Hardship Fund is to provide limited, last resort, financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are experiencing a serious financial hardship due to a sudden emergency, accident, or unforeseen event that requires additional emergency monetary assistance in order to support their ability to stay enrolled and focused on their academic career.

Award amounts cannot exceed $500 per student and are only awarded once per year. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. Awards do not require repayments.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at UTRGV during the semester they seek financial assistance. (Dual enrollment, concurrent enrollment, and transient students are not eligible to apply).
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing (2.0 GPA for undergraduate, 3.0 GPA for graduate and professional students) and free from disciplinary probation.
  • Applicants must have a nonrecurring financial hardship resulting from a sudden emergency, accident or unforeseen event that has to be taken care of right away.
  • The student’s capability to attend The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) must somehow be in jeopardy due to the emergency.
  • Other possible financial resources must have been considered and deemed insufficient or not available in a timely manner.
  • Applicants must be able to provide any and all requested documentation.
  • Preference for the distribution of Student Financial Hardship Funds will be given to first time applicants
  • Distribution of Student Financial Hardship Funds is limited to one award per academic year.

The Student Financial Hardship Fund CANNOT be used to cover any of the following expenses:

  • Tuition, lab fees, health insurance, study abroad costs
  • Anticipated expenses, such as credit card payments
  • Parking tickets and other university-imposed fines
  • Non-essential utilities, (i.e. cable, Internet, phone)
  • Application or test fees
  • Household costs not related to damage or theft
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel (e.g. Study Abroad) or other non-essential expenses
  • Expenditures occurred as a result of poor financial management and not an emergency
  • Medical expenses needed for a family member or friend of the student requesting services

Application Process

Applicants will need to provide the following information:

  1. Reason for the request,
  2. A detailed description of how funds would be used,
  3. How these unexpected expenses affect the student’s ability to remain enrolled at UTRGV, and
  4. Include applicable documentation related to the request.

Applications for the Student Financial Hardship Fund will be reviewed to determine eligibility and applicants may be required to meet with the Dean of Students or designee to discuss the application.

Click here to apply for the Student Financial Hardship Fund

Want to Help a Student Experiencing an Unexpected Financial Hardship?

You can make a donation to the Student Financial Hardship Fund. Visit our official funding page and select "Student Emergency Fund".