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. Students experiencing hardship must be enrolled to apply. Applications will be reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid and Student Affairs.
Students should be aware that emergency funding may be taxable.
The value of the grant will vary according to the needs of the student, but is limited to $2,000.
The maximum amount a student may receive in total across all semesters from the Student Emergency Fund is $6,000.
What expenses can be covered through the Student Emergency Fund?
What expenses are not covered by the Student Emergency Fund?
*International and ASSET/DACA Student Eligibility Requirements
- International and ASSET/DACA students will be considered for CU Boulder-funded emergency grants and can apply through the Student Emergency Fund application.
- You are not eligible for federal funds offered through the application.
- You must be an enrolled, degree-seeking, incoming or continuing undergraduate, graduate or professional student at CU Boulder.
- You must be enrolled in at least one credit hour during Fall 2020.
- You must have experienced an education-related expense as a result of COVID-19.
- You must not be on academic suspension, behavioral probation or suspension.
- Students enrolled exclusively in an online program are not eligible.
How to Apply
- Complete the Student Emergency Fund application.
- Indicate the expense assistance is requested for, explain how the expense constitutes an emergency and how it exceeds what is already covered by financial aid offered for the term.
- Students will be notified of the status of their application generally within five business days.
- Students who have already received emergency grants totaling $2,000 or more will be reviewed on September 1 and considered for funding available at that time.
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 directly through the student billing process directly to the student. The grand cannot pay any charges on the tuition and fee bill or be held on the student account for future changes. 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.