Unanticipated circumstances can prevent students from continuing their education and achieving academic success. UB has resources to connect students to emergency funding through two unique resources.
Student emergency funds at the University at Buffalo seek to award grants to eligible students who are experiencing an unforeseen hardship that could impact their ability to remain enrolled in school. Temporary financial assistance is available for immediate and current emergency situations. Examples of qualifying emergency situations include:
The student emergency funds are designated to off-set short-term financial need and are not intended to replace or supplement financial aid. All situations are unique and will be evaluated carefully and confidentially.
Gift funds can be used for a variety of expenses that are necessary to support a student’s well-being. Examples of eligible expenses include:
Examples of ineligible expenses include tuition, parking tickets or credit card debt.
The Gerstner Family Foundation and the Heckscher Foundation for Children support grants for UB students who are facing an emergency situation in the short-term, and to ultimately help them graduate from college in the long-term.
Grants are only available during the fall and spring semesters, may be no more than $2,000 and must be paid directly to a third party.
Students applying must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
The UB Student Life Emergency Gift Fund offers temporary financial assistance for immediate and current emergency situations. The average gift size is $400. Students applying must meet the following criteria:
Some situations are not uncommon, and may not require the use of an emergency gift fund if you are proactive and able to plan accordingly.
When you start a job, on or off campus, it is common for your first paycheck to be delayed. Make sure you speak with your supervisor early on to familiarize yourself with the payroll schedule.
Delayed Financial Aid
Student financial aid, including benefits for veterans, is applied to your student account on a unique, individual basis and not always at the beginning of the semester. Work with your advisor in Financial Aid or Veteran Services to anticipate when your aid will be received.
SUNY offers UB students the opportunity to use Smart Track® resources that cover the spectrum of personal financial literacy, from budgeting, responsible credit card use and avoiding identify theft to the basics of banking, borrowing and working through college.
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