Student Government understands the difficult impact that COVID-19 has had on our lives. We will continue to advocate for student voices & provide as much support as possible during these troubling times. In the event that you may have any further questions, comments & or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to our Director of Student Services, Daezja Giles & we will do our best to accommodate your needs. Also, don't forget that all students can take advantage of the free COVID-19 testing available 2-3 days a week in the Student Center. Check your emich email for more details, and a weekly link to sign up!
Disclaimer: Please note that many of the links below are from outside organizations & do not have any affiliation with Student Government &/or Eastern Michigan University.
Swoop's Food Pantry
School Meal Distribution Finder (Meals are available for any child under 18 (or up to 26 if enrolled in special education programming), not just those eligible for Free or Reduced-price meals).
Unemployment & Financial Assistance Information
*Please note: Students who worked for the university may not be eligible for unemployment at this time. Please check your emich email frequently as daily updates are given by the university.
Housing & Utility Assistance Information
DTE customers impacted by COVID-19 — those with a sudden loss of income or medical condition — as well as vulnerable seniors can call 800-477-4747 to determine eligibility for payment assistance. Consumers customers affected by COVID-19 can call 800-477-5050.
Mental Health Support
We understand the impact that the recent ‘Stay Home’ order may have on your mental health status. We can assure that you are not alone & that there are services readily available to support you during these difficult times.
Connect with the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health CARES team at 734-544-3050 for support and resources about ANY mental health question. The CARES line remains fully staffed and available 24/7 during the COVID-19 response.
Text SHARE to the Crisis Text Line at 741741
Cash Assistance, Food Assistance, Health Care Coverage (see PDF below)
Other Useful Links
What is the Student Emergency Fund?
The Student Emergency Fund is a resource for students facing unforeseen financial crises that put them in harm's way or could prevent them from continuing their education. Students can apply for up to $750 of one-time assistance for eligible expenses like food, rent, medical bills, and car repairs.
Is this Student Government money?
The SEF was created and is managed by the Provost's office. Student Government has played a role in promoting and developing the fund, but Student Government does not review applications to the fund or make funding decisions. Our job is to connect students to this resource and help them understand how to apply. The money in the fund is a combination of EMU general fund money, donations, and Student Government funds.
Who reviews the applications and makes the final decision?
Applications to the fund are reviewed by a representative committee of University officials. Notification of whether applicants received full, partial, or no funding will be sent out by Director of Undergraduate Studies Doris Fields.
How do I give my application the best chance of being granted?
If you are considering applying, first review the Student Emergency Fund Application and ensure that you meet all eligibility criteria and that you are applying to cover an eligible expense.
Then, fill out the application form to the best of your ability. Being thorough and including as many details as possible will help your application. Providing supporting documentation such as insurance statements, eviction notices, receipts, or anything else that demonstrates financial need and verifies your circumstances can expedite the funding process.
Please know that the review committee does not ask for supporting material because you are not believed. If you are applying for the fund, your circumstance is complex and your hardship is valid. The review committee is simply fulfilling their responsibility to donors to the fund to ensure that the money is spent responsibly.
If my application is denied, may I reapply?
Yes. If you are reapplying for the same or a similar situation, make sure that you include additional documentation and/or verify that you are applying for help with an eligible expense to give your application the best chance of being granted.
How long does the process take?
Between 2 and 4 weeks. Applicants are updated on the status of their application as often as possible. Include dated receipts with your application if you need to pay for an eligible expense before money can be disbursed to your account.
Where do I submit my application?
Simply click here or on the green button at the bottom of this page to be taken to the electronic form. If you use the electronic form, you do not need to use the PDF or paper application.
Where can I direct any questions not answered here?