Student Emergency Fund

The purpose of the Student Emergency Fund is to provide limited, last resort, financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are experiencing a sudden emergency, accident, or unforeseen event, such as expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), that requires additional emergency monetary assistance in order to support their ability to stay enrolled and focused on their academic career.

Award amounts may vary 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 have a nonrecurring 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 will be given to first time applicants.

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

  • Study abroad costs
  • Parking tickets and other university-imposed fines
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel (e.g. Study Abroad)

Application Process

Applicants will need to provide the following information:

  1. Select reason for request, if due to coronavirus
  2. Description of emergency expense if it is not related to coronavirus and use of funds
  3. Submit enrollment and eligibility acknowledgement

Click here to apply for the Student Financial Hardship Fund

Want to Help a Student Experiencing an Unexpected Emergency?

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