Sometimes, things happen. We are here to help.

CU Boulder has a commitment to inclusive excellence, and we believe all students should have access to all the resources and support they need to thrive in college and finish their education. CU Boulder’s Student Emergency Fund (SEF) is a stipend that can assist students during unanticipated life events that might cause the student to pause or stop their educational goals. The fund is managed by the Division of Student Affairs.

Case managers in the Division of Student Affairs support students who are experiencing a financial emergency or have financial concerns. Our staff understands that the financial concerns may go beyond what the emergency fund is able to support. Our team will work with you to explore financial resources on and off campus, which includes looking into additional emergency funding here at CU Boulder.

Apply for the Student Emergency Fund

About SEF

Students are eligible to receive funding awards once an academic year. SEF might impact future financial award packages for students and can be considered taxable income. This will be reviewed in collaboration with the Office of Financial Aid.

This relief fund will only be awarded after a student has submitted an online application, provided supporting documentation as requested and submitted a personal statement with a case manager. Please note, every situation is considered on a case-by-case basis. The reviewers will consider the nature and urgency of each situation. However, this looks different for every student. All students experiencing an emergency are encouraged to apply so they may be connected to a case manager to explore options.