Emergency Funds

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.

Current available funding 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.

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.

Bearcat Emergency Fund

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. 

Questions:

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
513-556-5064
daniel.cummins@uc.edu