Student Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

Student Emergency Financial Assistance Fund

What is it? The Student Emergency Assistance Fund provides UNH undergraduate and graduate students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship with short-term financial assistance. 

Who can use these the Student Emergency Assistance Fund  Funding is available for undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled and taking classes at UNH. Applicants must have an immediate financial hardship.

How does this fund work?  Students can contact the Dean of Students to submit  a request for funding.  The Dean of Students reviews applications and determines the level of assistance provided on a case-by-case basis.

What can these funds be used for? The Student Emergency Assistance fund can be used for the following needs:

  • Emergency travel expenses
  • Prescription and other costs related to medical, dental, or mental health
  • Essential utilities
  • Essential safety and security needs
  • Academic supplies and textbooks
  • Winter clothing needs like coats and boots
  • Auto repairs
  • Parking fee
  • Replacing essential belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  • Individually-recommended or required services that are considered critical to a student’s success, for example, diagnostic testing for Accessibility Resources.

How much money is typically awarded to a student? Award amounts will typically range from $100 to $500.

What is not an expense that can be covered by the Student Emergency Assistance Fund?  Tuition, room and board, health insurance and study abroad costs are not covered by this fund.

How to contribute?  To contribute to the  Student Emergency Financial Assistance Fund, please click here, then click on your preferred method of contribution. Additionally, staff and faculty at UNH can contribute directly from their  paychecks by filling out the Payroll Deduction Form and selecting the Student Emergency Assistance Fund.