International Student Emergency Fund

The Office of International Education and the broader UB community want to ensure that international students, regardless of where they’re from, have the financial support they need during times of crisis and emergency. 

About the Fund

University at Buffalo is home to more than 4,500 international students from all over the world. These students’ participation in the classroom and presence on campus contribute to a diverse and inclusive educational experience that benefits all students, helping to prepare them for an increasingly global society.

The Office of International Education and the broader UB community want to ensure that international students, regardless of where they’re from, have the financial support they need during times of crisis and emergency. The International Student Emergency Fund provides emergency assistance to international students in financial distress.

  • Medical emergencies or natural disasters impacting the student or student’s immediate family,
  • Victim of a crime or accident,
  • Loss of property or income,
  • Unanticipated educational expenses (beyond tuition or university fees)

Eligibility Criteria & Application Process

In order to be eligible for this funding a student must:
  1. Must demonstrate financial need as a result of unforeseen circumstances.
  2. All other resources, including emergency loans must have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.
  3. Must be a degree-seeking UB student in good academic standing.
  4. Must hold and maintain a valid student visa, F-1 or J-1.
  5. Applicants must complete an online application form.

To apply, currently no supplemental application is needed if you have completed the General Application. You will be automatically considered based on your completed General Application.

Eligible Expenses

Expenses covered by the emergency fund include (but not limited to):

  • Utilities
  • Off-campus rent
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Medical care
  • Child care

Award Amount & Deadline

The award amount is based on a review of your application materials. The amount of financial assistance awarded typically does not exceed $500 (USD) and can be awarded only once in a calendar year. Awards are based on the availability of the funds and strength of the application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis once an application is complete.

During the outbreak of COVID-19, other award amounts may be considered on a case by case basis.

Application Review

Each request is reviewed individually. Many factors will be considered in making a decision to approve or deny a request. These factors include, but are not limited to:

  • The nature and urgency of the student's emergency;
  • The totality of the student's hardships;
  • Other resources or support that may or may not be available to the student;
  • The specific and immediate impacts the emergency may be having on the student's living and academic circumstances; and,
  • Other information provided by third parties, such as advocates or advisors, that may help to illuminate and clarify the student's situation in developing appropriate rationale for decision.

Additional Resources

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) for International Students

Students who are or were enrolled at the University at Buffalo during the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for an emergency grant, regardless of citizenship status or Title IV financial aid eligibility. 

HEERF grant funding may assist with any expense related to the cost of attendance (tuition, fees, books and supplies, housing and transportation) as well as emergency costs that arise due to the coronavirus (health care, dependent care, etc.)

The deadline for the Spring 2022 HEERF III application is April 1st, 2022.

Learn more on UB's Scholarship Portal

If the above fund does not match your situation or needs you may be eligible for other funds at UB. For details on those and other helpful resources please visit the Student Life Gateway and Financial Aid websites.

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