Emergency Funds

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Unanticipated circumstances can prevent students from continuing their education and achieving academic success.  UB has two unique resources to connect students to emergency funding. 

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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 or scholarship. All situations are unique and will be evaluated carefully and confidentially.

Response Time

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.

Crossing the Finish Line

UB Student Emergency Funds are supported in part by the UB Fund for Student Life and by generous individual donors and private foundations. Your contribution can help a student in need persist towards graduation. Donate Today!

Eligible Expenses

Grants can be used for a variety of expenses that are necessary to support a student’s well-being. Examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Off-Campus Rent
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Medical care
  • Child care
Ineligible Expenses

Examples of ineligible expenses include Student Account charges (tuition, University fees, meal plan, residence hall rent, etc.) parking tickets or credit card debt.

Emergency Fund Options

1/18/22 Update on Emergency Fund Resources

We recognize that students faced hardship as a result of COVID-19. Each fund has a unique application and set of criteria and students may apply to one fund that best meets their need.

The Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) provides emergency financial assistance to eligible students who have experienced financial hardship due to the disruption of campus operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Students must be currently enrolled and matriculated in a degree program. Students who meet federal financial aid requirements may be eligible to receive funding if a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is on file at UB. Information about the FAFSA is online. HEERF was established as part of the U.S. federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

HEERF was made available to the University at Buffalo in three phases. HEERF I was distributed shortly after the end of the spring 2021 semester and through the fall 2021 semester. In the spring 2021 semester, additional funds were available through HEERF II and the deadline to apply was April 16, 2021. HEERF III was available for the fall 2021 semester and the deadline to apply was December 10, 2021. More information about HEERF is online through Financial Aid's COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

Additional emergency funds include:

Students who do not meet criteria for one of the above referenced funds may consider either the Gerstner and Heckscher Student Emergency Fund or the UB Student Life Emergency Gift Fund. Criteria for these funds is outlined below.

Additional Resources

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9 Norton Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

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