Emergency Funding


Emergency Funding: Emergency need request funds through the School of Social Welfare are intended to support students who have encountered an unexpected financial expense or obstacle which may hinder their academic or personal success at KU. The unexpected expense or obstacle must be an emergency or unplanned non-discretionary expense. 

The award of up to $1500 is intended to provide one-time support during a student’s undergraduate or graduate career.  On rare occasion, an additional award or award exceeding $1500 will be considered due to unique circumstances involving documented emergency factors. 

Eligibility requirements:

  • Degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in the School of Social Welfare.
  • Currently enrolled.
  • Good academic standing.

Type of expenses considered, but not limited to:

  • Degree-seeking undergraduate or graduate student currently enrolled in the School of Social Welfare.
  • Currently enrolled.
  • Good academic standing.
  • Displacement, homelessness, or eviction.
  • Food insecurity.
  • Victim of crime or accident or victim of a natural disaster.
  • Costs related to medical care.
  • Assistance with unforeseen transportation expenses which impact academic access (bus pass, car repair, etc.)

Note: Conference travel, study abroad expenses, or repayment of student loans will not be considered. In addition, emergency requests are not intended to help cover future/expected tuition and fee expenses for upcoming terms.

To submit a request for consideration, complete the online form. A decision will be shared via email with the student within (2) weeks of submission. If approved, funds will be applied to the student’s account in Enroll & Pay in the form of a refund or paid directly to a KU entity (Watkins Memorial Health Center, KU Bookstores, etc.) via fund transfer.

For questions, please contact your academic advisor.