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Emergency Funds

The application for CARES Act funding, and all other emergency aid funds for the spring semester closed June 5. Late applications are not being accepted.

The 2020-2021 emergency grant application will be opened Monday, August 24th, 2020. Information on eligibility requirements and how to apply for funding will be made available here on August 24th.

In the meantime, we would encourage you to explore community resources in your area that may be able to help you with items such as food, etc. If you are in the Lawrence area, you can find campus and community resources in the Lawrence area listed on our Campus & Community Resources page. You can find Covid-19 related resources listed on our Coronavirus Resources page.

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


COVID-19 Emergency Funding from Spring 2020:

The Emergency Aid Network had various, limited funds that were allocated for emergencies related to COVID-19 for undergraduate students, graduate students, domestic, and international students who were enrolle dof rthe spring 2020 semester. Included in the funds set aside were CARES Act funding, institutional funds reallocated form various areas on campus, and emergency funding from the team at Course HeroThe application for CARES Act funding and other emergency aid for the spring and summer 2020 semesters closed on June 5. Late applications are not being accepted.
 
Emergency aid is not intended to assist with future tuition expesnes, including expected Fall 2020 tuition expenses. If you are looking for financial aid options for your Fall 2020 tuition expenses, please discuss your options with the Financial Aid & Scholarships office by calling 785-864-4700.
 
Please refer to coronavirus.ku.edu/cares-act for university information and updates on CARES Act funding and emergency funding related to COVID-19.
 
 

The following is a list of financial resources that students can pursue in cases of financial crisis or emergency. 
 
The emergency grant application for the following funds is currently closed and is not accepting further applications at this time. Students can still apply for the KU Endowment Loan Program and the Interpersonal Violence Fund, as those application processes are seperate from the 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
  • Lawrence and Edwards Campus students only
  • 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

  • Fill out the online Emergency Grant Application - The emergency grant application is currently closed and is not accepting further applications at this time. 
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

  • Lawrence and Edwards campus students only
  • 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

  • Fill out the online Emergency Grant Application - The emergency grant application is currently closed and is not accepting further applications at this time. 

Contact Information for the Dreammaker Fund: 

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

Graduate Student Emergency Fund - Graduate Studies & Student Senate

The Office of Graduate Studies, along with Student Senate, has established a Graduate Student Emergency Fund to provide financial assistance to students who have immediate, unexpected expenses due to circumstances beyond their control due to the COVID-19 crisis. Circumstances are reviewed on a case by case basis.

Awards from this fund are generally in amounts of $500 or less. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Lawrence and Edwards campus students only
  • Must be a graduate student
  • Student should be in good standing with the university

Expenses Covered/Not Covered

Typical expenses covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Rent & utilities
  • Medical expenses
  • Personal expenses and/or Childcare/dependent related expenses (such as food, supplies, etc)
  • Travel expenses
  • Educational expenses, books, & supplies
  • Replacement of property due to natural disasters
  • Safety-related needs (short-term emergency shelter, changing locks, etc.)
  • Other expenses reviewed on a case by case basis.

How to Apply

  • Fill out the online Emergency Grant Application - The emergency grant application is currently closed and is not accepting further applications at this time. 
  • If you have questions about this fund, you can contact the Office of Graduate Studies to discuss your situation before applying.

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
  • Lawrence and Edwards campus students only

Expenses Covered

Typical expenses covered include:

  • Housing expenses
  • Tuition
  • Medical expenses

How to Apply

  • Fill out the online Emergency Grant Application - The emergency grant application is currently closed and is not accepting further applications at this time. 
  • If you have questions about this fund, you can contact International Support Services to discuss your situation before applying.

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 Student Support Fund - Student Support & Case Management

The Jayhawk Student Support Fund 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

  • Lawrence campus students only
  • 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 Student Support & Case Management representative to discuss their situation before being considered for this fund.
  • Fill out the online Emergency Grant Application - The emergency grant application is currently closed and is not accepting further applications at this time. 

Contact Information for Student Support & Case Management

Phone: 785-864-4060   

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

  • Lawrence and Edwards campus students only
  • 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

  • Fill out the online Emergency Grant Application - The emergency grant application is currently closed and is not accepting further applications at this time. 
  • If you have questions about this fund, you can contact Student Affairs or Student Money Management Services to discuss your situation.

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

  • Lawrence campus students only
  • 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

  • Fill out the online Emergency Grant Application - The emergency grant application is currently closed and is not accepting further applications at this time. 

Contact Information for Emily Taylor Center

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

Student Affairs Food for Jayhawks Food Assistance Dining Plan
The Food for Jayhawks Food Assistance Dining Plan, funds held through Kansas University Endowment Association (KUEA), exists to provide meals to students experiencing temporary or ongoing food insecurity. Once approved, the student is provided with a $425 KU Dining Plan, which is $425 in Dining dollars that can be used at any KU Dining Services location. Information about a student might be shared with Finacial Aid to determine eligibility for the dining plan. The dining plan is not considered a loan and does not require repayment. Processing a dining plan will take 48-72 hours.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Degree seeking, Lawrence campus students only. Online only students are not eligible.
  • Must be currently enrolled/maintain enrollment during the semester that they receive the plan. The dining plan will be deactivated if a student withdraws.
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Students can only receive the dining plan once per semester, twice per academic year.
  • A student may be required to meet with Student Money Management Services to discuss financial management or with the Registered Dietician for KU Dining Services to discuss nutrition and affordable meal planning.

Expenses Covered/Not Covered

Students can use the dining dollars from this dining plan at any KU Dining Services Location.

How to Apply

  • Fill out the online Emergency Grant Application - The emergency grant application is currently closed and is not accepting further applications at this time. 

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