Connecting Jayhawks to campus and community financial resources.

Emergency Funds

The following is a list of financial resources that students can pursue in cases of financial crisis or emergency.

  • Under each listed fund you can find information about the fund, eligibility requirements, and where to apply. Please review this information before applying to ensure you meet requirements.
  • Students can apply for most of these funds through the online Emergency Grant Application at ku.academicworks.com.
  • The Interpersonal Violence Fund and KU Endowment Loan Program have their own application processes.
  • You will login to the academicworks site with your KU Online ID and password. If you have not already done so, you will need to complete the general application at ku.academicworks.com before you will be able to apply to the online Emergency Grant Application.

Adams/Monroe Funds - Financial Aid & Scholarships Office

The Adams/Monroe Fund is for students who are experiencing financial hardship - usually an emergency situation or some type of unplanned, non-discretionary expense. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. 

Award amounts vary - typical amounts range from $150 - $500, but greater amounts may be awarded on a case by case basis.
Eligibility Requirements
  • Be enrolled in at least 1 credit hour
  • Be degree-seeking (cannot be in non-degree seeking status)
  • Be in good academic standing - exceptions are made on a case by case basis

Expenses Covered

Expenses covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Unexpected medical bills or prescriptions
  • Unexpected car repairs
  • Loss of property due to natural disasters or theft
  • Travel expenses for a funeral

How to Apply

Contact Information for Financial Aid & Scholarships

Phone: 785-864-4700   Email: financialaid@ku.edu

Dreammaker Fund - Student Involvement & Leadership Center

The Dreammaker Fund is for students with a short-term, financial need. Many KU students encounter challenging times in their personal lives during college. The Dreammaker Fund attempts to make those challenging times a little easier by assisting with a piece of the financial burden on students with a one time fund.

Awards from this fund are limited to a maximum of $500. Students can only receive this fund once per academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a current KU student with financial need
  • Student must provide documentation of financial need

Expenses Covered

These funds can be used for needs such as textbooks, job interview costs, paying rent, or almost any other circumstance; we just need to know how to help.

How to Apply

Contact Information for the Dreammaker Fund: 

Phone: 785-864-4861   Email: amylong@ku.edu

Graduate Student Emergency Fund - Graduate Studies - Funding is currently unavailable

The Office of Graduate Studies has established the Graduate Student Emergency Fund to provide financial assistance to students who have an immediate, unexpected expenses due to circumstances beyond their control. Circumstances are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Awards from this fund are generally in amounts of $500 or less. Students can only receive this fund once in their academic career at KU.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a graduate student
  • Student should be in good standing with the university
  • Must have a FAFSA or ISNAW on file
  • Students can find more information about this fund on the Graduate Studies website

Expenses Covered/Not Covered

Typical expenses covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational books & supplies
  • Replacement of property due to natural disasters
  • Safety-related needs (short-term emergency shelter, changing locks, etc.)
  • Emergency medical bills
  • Other expenses reviewed on a case by case basis.

Expenses not typically covered:

  • Computer replacements
  • Childcare expenses
  • Rent & utilities
  • Other expenses that are typically considered expected or planned expenses. Exceptions are considered on a case by case basis.

How to Apply

Contact Information for the Office of Graduate Studies

Phone: 785-864-8040   Email: graduateawards@ku.edu

International Student Emergency Fund - International Support Services

International Affairs has established the International Student Emergency Fund for international students who do not have other financial resources and have an unexpected financial need. This is a one-time award, meaning international students can only receive this fund once in their academic career at KU.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an international student

Expenses Covered

Typical expenses covered include:

  • Housing expenses
  • Tuition
  • Medical expenses

How to Apply

Contact Information for International Support Services

Phone: 785-864-3617  Email: iss@ku.edu

Interpersonal Violence Fund - CARE Coordinator, Watkins Health Center

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

Jayhawk SOS Bridge Fund - Jayhawk Student One Stop

The Jayhawk SOS Bridge Fund, managed by Jayhawk Student One Stop, is available to undergraduate and graduate students who have encountered an unexpected financial obstacle that may be hindering their personal or academic success at KU. 

Awards from this fund are $500 or less. Students can only receive this fund once per academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a current, degree-seeking student at KU - students who have been previously enrolled, but are not currently enrolled will be considered on a case by case basis if a pending balance is preventing them from re-enrolling at KU.
  • Students must have exhausted all other funding resources, such as financial aid (including federal student loans), personal savings, or credit cards
  • Preference is given to students who are in good academic standing

Expenses Covered/Not Covered

Typical expenses covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Basic needs - food, rent, utilities, etc.
  • Medications or medical bills related to medical care within the last 12 months
  • Unforeseen transportation expenses (car repairs, bus passes, etc.)
  • Childcare expenses
  • Outstanding balances to KU that may be preventing a student from enrolling.

Expenses not typically covered:

  • Routine medical expenses
  • Conference travel
  • Study abroad
  • Outstanding bookstore charges

How to Apply

  • Students must meet with a Jayhawk SOS representative to discuss their situation before being considered for this fund.
  • Fill out the online Emergency Grant Application

Contact Information for Jayhawk Student One Stop

Phone: 785-864-0803   Email: JayhawkSOS@ku.edu

KU Endowment Association Loan Program - KU Endowment Loan Office

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 expensespdiv>

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

Ronald & Pat McClain Good Samaritan Fund - Student Affairs

The Student Affairs Emergency Fund exists to provide financial assistance to students who have an immediate, unexpected expense due to circumstances beyond their control. The unexpected expense can be of an emergency or unplanned non-discretionary expense. 

Awards from this fund are usually in amounts of $500 or less. Students can only receive this fund once per academic year.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be an undergraduate student - this excludes online students.
  • Students should be in good academic standing with the university - typically defined as maintaining a 2.0 GPA or above.
  • Students are generally asked to meet with Student Money Management Services before they will be considered for this fund.

Expenses Covered/Not Covered

Typical expenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational books & supplies
  • Replacement of belongings due to natural disasters
  • Safety-related needs (short-term emergency shelter, changing locks, etc.)
  • Overdue rent & utilities

Expenses not typically covered:

  • Tuition expenses
  • Other expenses that are considered expected or planned expenses.

How to Apply

Contact Information for Student Affairs

Contact Information for Student Money Management Services

KU Women 4 Women Fund - Emily Taylor Center
Many students often need a little support to get beyond an obstacle in their path. Women Philanthropists for KU has created the KU Women 4 KU Women Fund to assist students to fulfill their educational and career goals. This fund provides one-time assistance for currently enrolled full-time KU senior or graduate women students on the Lawrence campus. Money awarded can be used for needs such as conference registrations, exam fees, application costs, textbooks, and more.
Awards from this fund are usually in amounts of $500 or less. Students can only receive this fund once in their academic career.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled.
  • Must a KU student in your senior year of your undergradaute degree, or a KU Graduate Student.

Expenses Covered/Not Covered

Typical expenses covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Educational books & supplies
  • Graduate exam (GRE, LSAT, etc.) application fees
  • Conference travel
  • Job/graduate school interview costs

Expenses not typically covered:

  • Medical needs/expenses

How to Apply

Contact Information for Emily Taylor Center

Phone: 785-864-1143   Email: emilytaylorcenter@ku.edu


Need Guidance?

If you have questions or cannot find what you are looking for, you can contact the following resources for assistance:

Submit A Resource

If you would like a relevant resource added to our website, or want to provide updates for resource, please fill out the Submit A Resource form

Please note, each submission will undergo a review for approval.

Report Broken Links

If you have come across a link on this website that is broken, or out of date information, please report the broken link and/or out of date information so we can fix it and continue to provide helpful resources to KU students.

You can report broken links and out of date information by email at ean@ku.edu or through our broken link form.