Emergency Funds

Emergency aid at the University of Kansas is intended to be a one-time grant to assist students who are experiencing a small, unforeseen expense. Emergency aid is intended to be a last resort option after other financial options have been exhausted.

Emergency Grant Application:

The Emergency Grant Application is currently closed. Information will be posted here once the application re-opens. In the meantime, we encourage you to explore campus and community resources on the student resources page. You can also look at the other emergency aid resources listed below.

Due to a high influx of applications, and funding being exhausted, the HEERF III application was closed at end of day (5PM) on 9/15/2021. Applications were reviewed in the order they were received and funding awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

Further applications will not be accepted as this funding has been exhausted. If you have questions, please contact ean@ku.edu

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF III) was one-time federal funding from the American Rescue Plan (ARP) which provided colleges with emergency grant funding for students. 

The University of Kansas also awarded automatic block grant amounts to certain students who fell into eligible categories. Automatic block grant amounts were awarded Sept 24th. You were notified by email if you received an automatic grant. This is a separate award from the application. If you did not receive an automatic block grant, there is no way for us to reconsider you for one.

Students were awarded automatic grants if at the time of awarding they were:

  • Enrolled in at least 1 credit hour, and are in a credential-seeking program (not non-degree seeking)

AND

  • Had a FAFSA on file or are considered a GTA/GRA/GA/Fellow

 

Undergraduate Students:

EFC of 0 to 5846 (Pell grant eligible): $2000

EFC of 5847 to 10,000: $1000

EFC of 10,001 to 20,000: $500

EFC stands for Estimated Family Contribution - this number is calculated by the FAFSA.

 

Graduate Students:

GTA/GRA/GA/Fellow (regardless of if you filed a FAFSA or not): $1500

EFC of 0 to 5846 (excludes 3Gs and Fellows): $1500

EFC of 5847 to 10,000 (excludes 3Gs and Fellows): $1000

EFC of 10,001 and up (excludes 3Gs and Fellows): $500

EFC stands for Estimated Family Contribution - this number is calculated by the FAFSA.

Other Open Applications:


If you have questions or concerns about your application, resources listed on this website, or need guidance, please contact emergencyaid@ku.edu.


Other Emergency Aid Options:

The following are other emergency aid options available to KU students:

The KU Endowment Association Loan Office provides long-term loans, as well as short-term and emergency loans to KU students. Students can use these loans to cover a variety of different expenses.

Short-term and emergency loans are typically awarded in the amount of $1000 or less. Long-term loans have different amount limits listed here.

Eligibility Requirements:

Exceptions to these requirements are made on a case by case basis and must be discussed with the KU Endowment Loan office.

  • Must be a current, degree-seeking student enrolled at least half-time
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative KU GPA
  • Have a cosigner on the loan - not applicable to independent or non-traditional students

How To Apply:

Contact Information for KU Endowment Loan Office

Phone: 785-832-7450   Email: loanoffice@kuendowment.org

 

The Interpersonal Violence Fund provides financial assistance to students who have been impacted by sexual assault, violence and harassment, stalking, and/or intimate partner/dating violence. 

Awards from this fund are $800 or less.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be currently enrolled at KU and experiencing a temporary financial hardship due to an act of interpersonal violence.

Expenses Covered/Not Covered:

Typical expenses covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Safety-related needs (changing locks, housing relocation, etc.)
  • Acute and post assault medical care
  • Mental health treatment
  • Bedding/clothing replacement

Expenses not typically covered:

  • Tuition
  • KU housing expenses

How to Apply:

  • Contact the CARE Coordinator at Watkins Health Services to discuss your situation. The CARE Coordinator is a confidential resource for students who have been impacted by any form of interpersonal violence.

Contact Information for the CARE Coordinator

Phone: 785-864-9255   Email: care@ku.edu

The KU Endowment Association Loan Office provides long-term loans, as well as short-term and emergency loans to KU students. Students can use these loans to cover a variety of different expenses.

Short-term and emergency loans are typically awarded in the amount of $1000 or less. Long-term loans have different amount limits listed here.

Eligibility Requirements:

Exceptions to these requirements are made on a case by case basis and must be discussed with the KU Endowment Loan office.

  • Must be a current, degree-seeking student enrolled at least half-time
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative KU GPA
  • Have a cosigner on the loan - not applicable to independent or non-traditional students

How To Apply:

Contact Information for KU Endowment Loan Office

Phone: 785-832-7450   Email: loanoffice@kuendowment.org

 

The Interpersonal Violence Fund provides financial assistance to students who have been impacted by sexual assault, violence and harassment, stalking, and/or intimate partner/dating violence. 

Awards from this fund are $800 or less.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be currently enrolled at KU and experiencing a temporary financial hardship due to an act of interpersonal violence.

Expenses Covered/Not Covered:

Typical expenses covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Safety-related needs (changing locks, housing relocation, etc.)
  • Acute and post assault medical care
  • Mental health treatment
  • Bedding/clothing replacement

Expenses not typically covered:

  • Tuition
  • KU housing expenses

How to Apply:

  • Contact the CARE Coordinator at Watkins Health Services to discuss your situation. The CARE Coordinator is a confidential resource for students who have been impacted by any form of interpersonal violence.

Contact Information for the CARE Coordinator

Phone: 785-864-9255   Email: care@ku.edu