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 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, 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. 

Where do I submit my application?


All applications, supporting materials, and questions related to the application process should be submitted to Director of Undergraduate Studies Doris Fields at dfields1@emich.edu.

Currently, application forms must be scanned and emailed. We are working on making this easier, but in the meantime you can use the scanner on the first floor of Halle library or the Student Government office. Student Government employees will be happy to assist you. Email Student Body President Ethan Smith at esmit132@emich.edu if you would like to schedule a time for this to be done as discreetly as possible. 

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