Office of the Provost

Student Emergency Funds

Students may experience an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, unforeseen expense while in school. The University offers several types of assistance for students in such special circumstances.

NOTE: Emergency funding may impact previously awarded aid, so it is important to coordinate with the Office of Financial Aid. Students are also encouraged to contact the student affairs office in their respective school or college.

Situations that warrant funding may include:

  • Medical, dental or mental health emergencies for the student
  • Major accidents and events such as fire and natural disasters
  • Expenses related to the death of an immediate family member

The table below provides information regarding the availability of emergency funding from a variety of sources.

Martha E. Pollack
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

 

Sources Available to All Students

Unit

Program

Additional Information

Office of Financial Aid (OFA) OFA provides up to $500 as a short-term (90 day), interest-free loan. The student must be enrolled and cannot have an outstanding short-term emergency loan. Short-term loan application instructions
Dean of Students Office, Student Life Annual funding is available to assist current students. Student Life frequently partners with academic unit funds to collaboratively address student needs. Contact Assistant Dean of Students Sarah Daniels
Center for Education of Women (CEW) CEW has “critical difference” grants available for current UM Ann Arbor campus students; grants are for unforeseen and/or emergency situations. Students must make a (free) appointment to see a counselor to determine eligibility. To schedule a counseling appointment, stop in at CEW, 
330 E. Liberty St., 
Ann Arbor, MI 48104, 
or call 734-764-6360.

 

Unit-Specific Sources

Unit

Program

Additional Information

College of Engineering Annual funding is available to assist current students with onetime emergency/special circumstances. Undergraduate Contact College of Engineering Scholarship Manager

College of Engineering Doctoral and Master's Program Emergency Funding
College of Literature, Science and the Art The LSA Emergency Scholarship provides scholarships for qualified LSA students in legitimate emergency situations where a catastrophic event has occurred. Process and requirements are posted on website. LSA Emergency Scholarship
Law School The Law School Emergency Student Aid Fund is intended to support students with onetime unforeseen or emergency personal financial situations that may impact their ability to continue their studies. Contact the Law School Financial Aid Office
Ford School of Public Policy Requests are referred to the Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund application or Office of Financial Aid for emergency loans. Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Funds

Office of Financial Aid Short-term loan application instructions

Medical School

U-M Medical School has limited funds available for special financial needs of students. Process and requirements are posted on website.

Extra Help for Current Students

Rackham Graduate School

The Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Fund is intended to help meet the financial needs of Rackham graduate students who encounter an emergency situation or one-time, unusual, or unforeseen expenses during their degree program. Process and requirements are posted on website. Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Funds
Ross School of Business Requests are referred to the Office of Financial Aid. Office of Financial Aid Short-term loan application instructions
School of Art & Design Requests are referred to the Office of Financial Aid and/or the Rackham Graduate School. Rackham Graduate Student Emergency Funds

Office of Financial Aid Short-term loan application instructions
School of Dentistry Students may apply for one-time emergency financial support through the emergency loan program via the Office of Financial Aid. Information for DDS Students
School of Education The School of Education has an Emergency Fund which serves to provide support to undergraduate students after all other funding opportunities have been exhausted. Contact the Student Affairs Program Manager
School of Kinesiology Students may apply for one-time only emergency financial support. These awards are typically in the $500 range. Criteria are dependent upon individual circumstances. Contact the Director, Office of Student Services
School of Music, Theatre and Dance The School works closely with the Office of Financial Aid whenever requests are made. Office of Financial Aid Short-term loan application instructions
School of Nursing Student requests are referred by Associate Dean or Student Services staff members. Information is gathered and evaluated by committee. Contact the Office of Academic Affairs
School of Social Work Contact Contact the Director of Student Services, Tim Colenback, timot@umich.edu OR Director of Joint SW-SS Doctoral Program, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton, bid@umich.edu.  
Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning Students are referred to the Office of Financial Aid. Office of Financial Aid Short-term loan application instructions
School of Information The School of Information provides emergency funding up to $2500 per award and students are limited to two awards for our MSI students.  For the PhD program, we rely on the Rackham emergency funds program which supports emergency funding up to $2500 per request and limits students to two awards. Contact the Office of Student Affairs (734) 763-2285.