Any currently enrolled IU Bloomington student may apply for emergency funds made possible by IU donors. Please review the criteria and FAQs provided below before you apply.
If you have a general question about emergency funding, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Emergency funding eligibility criteria
Student must be enrolled in current term based on when they apply (i.e. summer, fall, spring) and have a minimum GPA of 2.0;
Student must demonstrate an emergency, one-time, unexpected financial hardship that hinders their ability to continue at IU;
Student must demonstrate high need and be fully utilizing their financial aid options per the Office of Student Financial Assistance;
Emergency funding amount must fit within their current financial aid package as determined bythe Office of Student Financial Assistance;
Emergency funding may be issued one time per academic year.
Emergency funding FAQs
Please review the FAQs before submitting an emergency funding application.
Pandemic related financial hardship funds were federal funds Indiana University received to make funds available to students experiencing financial hardship caused by the pandemic and could be awarded to assist with expenses related to housing, food, medical/mental health/dental, tuition, and child care. Now that those funds are exhausted, the Student Advocates Office will only have our donor based emergency funding source. The Student Advocate funding source has defined criteria required for eligibility.
No, our small emergency grants are considered a last resort financial resource for emergencies only and must fit within the student’s current financial aid package. The Office of Student Financial Assistance is part of the evaluation process to determine the student’s eligibility once the request has been screened by the Student Advocates Office to assure the reason for the grant matches the donor intent for the use of these grant funds.
Additionally, all students are expected to exhaust all other financial aid options with Student Central and the Office of Student Financial Assistance before being considered for this emergency grant from the Student Advocates Office.
Yes. International and Domestic Students may apply to be considered for this fund.
While International Students are not eligible for federal loans, their application is reviewed to determine if the stated need matches the intended use of the funds and if this type of fund will fit into their current financial aid package.
A student, if approved, may only receive emergency funding once per academic year.
Yes. Students seeking emergency funding must be enrolled in the term they are seeking assistance for. Example: A student seeking funding assistance in a Summer, Fall or Spring term must be enrolled in that term.
Emergency funding is made possible by generous donations to help students in emergency situations and does not have to be repaid.
The fund requests are evaluated on a rolling basis in the order they are received. You may check on the status of your application at any time in FireForm. Approved funds are posted to your Bursar account statement and a refund will be initiated by the Office of the Bursar each Friday for those approved. It is recommended students have a designated bank account set up through Direct Deposit of Bursar Refunds in one.iu.edu. The direct deposit must be set up prior to the release of the funding or a paper check will be automatically generated and mailed out by the Office of the Bursar through the U.S. Postal Service.
If a bank account is not designated via the Direct Deposit of Bursar Refunds app in one.iu.edu before the award is refunded or if a student prefers to receive the award in check form, a paper check will automatically be generated and mailed via the U.S. Postal Service to the most current address on file. Check your current address by using the Personal Information app in one.iu.edu to make sure it is up to date with the address where you want the check to be mailed.
Student Advocate Office emergency funds are not applied to your Bursar balance. They are issued directly to the student as a direct deposit or personal check sent via U.S. Postal Service if a student does not have direct deposit set up.
If a student is approved for the emergency funding it will be refunded directly to the student so the student can use the funding in the way that will be most helpful.
Students experiencing a Satisfactory Academic (SAP) Review should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance to find out the type of SAP they were selected for and to understand the steps necessary to appeal the SAP. These emergency funding awards are not a means to address larger financial hardships with the cost of attending school. They are for one-time, urgent, unexpected financial emergencies.
Students may write to email@example.com with their specific question. Emails are reviewed in the order they are received. Please write to us from your @iu.edu email address and include your full name and UID.
Most emergency funding will be capped at $500 in order for us to assist as many students as possible.