The Student Emergency Fund was created to provide support for CU Boulder students who are experiencing a crisis that could adversely affect their semester. The intent of the funding is to support students experiencing a temporary financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. The funding is a combination of:
The funds are limited and not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses. Not all applications will be approved, even if a student meets the eligibility criteria.
Emergency funding is provided in the form of a grant that does not need to be repaid. Applications will be reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid.
Students should be aware that emergency funding may be taxable and counted as estimated financial aid for future terms.
The value of the grant will vary according to the needs of the student, but is limited to $2,000.
What expenses can be covered through the Student Emergency Fund?
What expenses are not covered by the Student Emergency Fund?
You are strongly encouraged to complete the 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
How to Apply
Many factors are taken into consideration when reviewing applications and determining grant amounts. These factors include, but are not limited to:
How the Award is Paid
Emergency grants are paid through the student billing process directly to the student. The grant cannot pay any charges on the tuition and fee bill or be held on the student account for future charges. Direct deposit is the fastest and easiest way for students to receive their emergency funds. Set up direct deposit in Buff Portal (see instructions) if you have not already done so or verify that your banking information is still correct so that you get the funds as soon as possible. Without direct deposit, a paper check will be mailed to the student, which may take several weeks.
All applicants should note references pertaining to discrimination; harassment; sexual misconduct or intimate partner abuse and stalking, disclosed in this application or accompanying documentation may be required to be disclosed to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance (OIEC), Title IX Coordinator or designee. Confidential assistance for those experiencing these is available through the Office of Victim’s Assistance (OVA) or Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) or Ombuds Office.