Emergency Funds

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. 

What are Emergency Funds?

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:

  • Death in the family
  • Victim of a crime or accident
  • Loss of property or income
  • Unanticipated educational expenses (beyond tuition)

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.

Eligible Expenses

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:

  • Rent
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Medical care
  • Child care
Ineligible Expenses

Examples of ineligible expenses include tuition, parking tickets or credit card debt.

Emergency Fund Options

Gerstner and Heckscher Student Emergency Fund

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:

  • Currently enrolled UB student pursuing a bachelor’s degree
  • Course load is the equivalent of at least half the number of credits to be fulltime
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Demonstrate/document the need for an eligible expense as noted above

UB Student Life Emergency Gift Fund

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:

  • Currently enrolled UB student
  • Demonstrate/document the need for an eligible expense as noted above


Additional Resources

Financial Planning

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.

Paycheck Gaps

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.

Financial Literacy Tools

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.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Someone to talk to for mental health issues

University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14261

Phone: (716) 645-2720; Fax: (716) 645-2175

University at Buffalo
202 Michael Hall, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

Phone: (716) 829-5800

Preventative health and wellness education

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-2837; Fax: (716) 645-6234

Additional Resources

Support for Crime Victims

On-campus emergencies and crime prevention, 24/7

Bissell Hall, North Campus

Phone: (716) 645-2227; Emergencies: (716) 645-2222

Additional Resources

Need Help?

University at Buffalo
9 Norton Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

Phone: (716) 645-6154; Fax: (716) 645-3376