The purpose of the Student Emergency Fund (SEF) is to provide limited, financial assistance to currently enrolled graduate students who are experiencing a serious financial hardship due to a sudden or unforeseen event that requires additional emergency monetary assistance.

1. Award amounts cannot exceed $599.00 per student and are only awarded once.

2. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis through the Office of Student Affairs and Student Services.

3. Awards do not require repayments.

4. A financial award may be considered taxable income and/or part of a student’s financial aid package.

5. Students should also consult with student financial aid on the impact of their financial aid package in receiving an award.


Eligibility Criteria:

1. Applicants must be currently enrolled at UMB SSW during the semester they are seeking financial assistance.

2. Applicants must be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA for graduate and professional students) and free from disciplinary probation.

3. Applicants must not have an outstanding balance with the University.

4. Applicants must have a nonrecurring financial hardship resulting from a sudden emergency, accident, or unforeseen event that has to be addressed right away. No reasonably anticipated expense will be considered a financial hardship.

5. Other possible financial resources must have been exhausted and deemed insufficient or not available in a timely manner.

6. Applicants must be able to provide any and all requested documentation.

7. International students must meet with Global Affairs for assistance.


The SEF cannot be used to cover any of the following expenses:

1. Tuition, lab fees, health insurance, study abroad costs

2. Parking tickets and other university-imposed fines

3. Application or test fees

4. Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel (e.g., Study Abroad) or other non-essential expenses


Application Process [The process can take 2 weeks or more to complete since the request will be reviewed by several SSW and UMB Departments]:

1. Students must complete the online application.

2. Provide documentation of the financial hardship that negatively impacts the student’s ability to remain enrolled at UMB SSW.

3. Household costs not related to damage or theft

4. Requests are reviewed on a case by case basis.


Applications for the SEF will be reviewed to determine eligibility, and applicants may be required to meet (on-line or via phone call) with the Assistant Dean for Student Services, Office for Student Services.

Funds are from donations to the SSW and are limited.

Questions? Email Henriette Taylor

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