Unanticipated circumstances can prevent students from continuing their education and achieving academic success. UB has two unique resources to connect students to emergency funding.
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 offset short-term financial need and are not intended to replace or supplement financial aid or scholarship. All situations are unique and will be evaluated carefully and confidentially.
Response time may vary depending on which option you choose. Student Conduct and Advocacy will respond to all completed applications within 2-5 business days.
Grants 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 Student Account charges (tuition, University fees, meal plan, residence hall rent, etc.) parking tickets or credit card debt.
Each fund has a unique application and set of criteria. Students may apply to one fund that best meets their need.
Some academic units have developed emergency funds for students studying within their programs. If your primary degree program is within one of the below-listed areas, utilize your school-specific resource.
Students who do not meet the criteria for one of the above-referenced funds may consider the Student Life Emergency Fund.
If you have experienced a change in income due to the COVID-19 pandemic or other extenuating circumstances, you may be eligible for a federal financial aid adjustment. A financial aid advisor can review your FAFSA through a process called a professional judgment review. This process could potentially adjust the amount of federal aid you receive. You can request a professional judgment review at any time during the academic year.
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.
Consistent access to nutritious food is a necessary part of being a successful, healthy student. Should you experience an unanticipated hardship, we can help connect you to groceries.
Blue Table, a virtual pantry service, links students with a variety of food options when they are in need. UB also has a partnership with the UPC Food Pantry across the street from South Campus.
UB coordinates a free professional clothing boutique, HIRED, which is dedicated to providing students and recent graduates with apparel, accessories, and personal care items that will help them achieve their career development goals. HIRED's inventory, is supplied through generous donations by community members, and has a wide array of high-quality, contemporary items. Students may try on as many items as they wish and take home one complete outfit per semester.
Short-term on campus mental health support
Primary, non-emergency medical care
Preventative health and wellness education
Need to talk? The Crisis Text Line provides 24-hour support for people experiencing a mental health or situational crisis. Users are connected to a trained Crisis Counselor, who will help them develop a plan to stay safe. Messages are confidential, anonymous and secure. Data usage while texting the Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill. Text: “GOT5” to 741-741
You work hard to earn scholarships and the scholarship portal makes it easy to find them. A general application opens in early October and remains open through the spring semester. Once you complete it, you can return regularly to view new opportunities the system has matched with your academic record and responses.