Student Emergency Fund

Due to the overwhelming response to the UC Student Emergency Fund (UCSEF), 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.

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.

Eligible Recipients:

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student.
  • Have a demonstrated emergency financial need.
  • Student(s) must be in good academic standing, as determined by the University.
  • Applicants may only apply and receive funding once per academic year and may not receive an emergency grant more than twice. 

Examples of Expenses Considered:

  • Assistance with rent, alternate housing accommodations, utilities, food, and/or other essential household expenses
  • Travel costs
  • Medication(s)/costs related to medical care
  • Assistance with replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, and/or natural disaster
  • Books, computers and other essential academic expenses
  • Any other expense that reflects an emergency need for a student, as deemed to be appropriate by the SEF Committee and in keeping with University policies and procedures

Application Process:

Students who are in need of SEF assistance may submit an application and supporting documentation to the Office of the Dean of Students. The SEF Committee will review the submitted application and determine the appropriate funding amount. Funds distributed do not generally exceed $500. The committee will review all applications and will consider request in excess of $500 for unique and unusual circumstances of emergency financial need. Applicants may be required to meet with the Dean of Students to discuss their application and circumstances. 

Disbursing of Funds:

Approved SEF applications will have funds disbursed through direct deposit into the student’s account within 2-3 working days from date of approval. For students who do not have a direct deposit account, a check will be mailed to the address on file through the students records. When requested, receipts must be given to the Dean of Students Office within 2 business days of purchase. The number of students who can be served by the SEF is subject to the availability of funds. 


For emergencies needing funds greater than $500.00 and up to a maximum $2,000.00, registered students can also apply for a short term loan through the Office of the Bursar. The loan must be repaid within 90 days and is interest free. If not paid within 90 days, then a penalty and interest is applied. Learn more about short term loans.


Questions can be directed to:
Juan Guardia, AVP, Dean of Students, Division of Student Affairs