Unanticipated circumstances can prevent students from continuing their education and achieving academic success. UB has 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. The Dean of Students Office will respond to all completed applications within 3-5 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 should review emergency fund options and may apply to one fund that best meets their need.
Some academic units have applications for students studying within their programs. If your primary degree program is within one of the below-listed areas, utilize your school-specific resource:
Emergency funds are also available for students studying at UB from outside the United States:
Students who do not meet the criteria for one of the above-referenced applications may consider the Student Life Emergency Fund. Portions of the Student Life Emergency Fund are designated for students studying within the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture and Planning, the School of Management, the School of Public Health and Health Professions, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The Student Life Emergency Fund is also partially supported by the UB Fund for Student Life, the Random Acts of Kindness endowment and by generous individual donors and private foundations.
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Some students who received emergency funds during 2023 should anticipate receiving a tax form from University at Buffalo Foundation, Inc.
If you have experienced a change in income due to special 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.
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