The University of Cincinnati has several emergency funds available to support you when unexpected expenses arise in emergency situations. Once you apply, you will be notified of approval. Disbursed funds do not have to be repaid. Please review both funds to determine which best meets your need. Do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can help answer your questions.
You must go here to apply for the CRSSA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II
Bearcat Emergency Fund
The Bearcat Emergency Fund (BEF) is not the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II. You must go here to apply for CRSSA: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEEF) II
The Bearcat Emergency Fund (BEF) is designed to provide assistance with unexpected emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, medical deductible, or need for temporary housing or food. Students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid. All BEF applications are typically limited to $500.00. Special circumstances may be approved for funds exceeding $500.00.
Student Emergency Fund
The University of Cincinnati Student Emergency Fund (SEF) allows students the opportunity to apply for an emergency financial assistance grant who are experiencing an unanticipated and/or temporary hardship resulting from an emergency and/or crisis situation. Approved grants do not need to be repaid and students may not receive an SEF grant more than once per academic year. All SEF applications are typically limited to $500.00. Special circumstances may be approved for funds exceeding $500.00. Current available funding for the Student Emergency Fund has been exhausted. Please check this website for updates as we hope to open the application for new submissions as soon as possible. We encourage you to visit the Dean of Students website for alternate university and community resources. Qualified students may apply for the Bearcat Emergency Fund (above).
Graduate Student Emergency Fund
The Graduate Student Emergency Fund (GSEF) is set up for Fall 2020 to support graduate students who are experiencing temporary hardship resulting from COVID and graduate tuition increase. This fund is set up between the partnership of Graduate School, Provost office, Division of Student Affairs and Graduate Student Government (GSG). This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid. All applications are reviewed on a case by case basis. All GSEF applications are limited to $580.00. Amount of aid will likely be limited to the increase in the instruction fee for your specific program.
Are you not sure which fund is best for your needs?
Are you not sure if you qualify?
Questions can be directed to:
Daniel S. Cummins, Asst. Dean of Students
Division of Student Affairs