Student Hardship Fund

The Student Hardship Fund consists of charitable donations provided by Emory University–affiliated people and entities, students, organizations, or persons who want to assist Emory students facing unexpected financial challenges. Because the fund is made up of donations, there is no guarantee there will be funds available at a given time.

This fund is not associated with the financial aid application process. Financial aid applicants who have special circumstances that relate directly to the financial aid process should contact their financial aid adviser.

Guidelines for Funding

To be eligible to receive an award from the fund, an individual must be a full-time student of Emory University. The applicant must not have any disciplinary actions that resulted from violating Emory Standards of Conduct or Academic policy within the past twelve (12) months. If a student is being investigated for potential violations of the conduct or academic policy, the application will be placed on hold pending the final decision. If cleared, the student is eligible to participate.

The need for funding must be due to a catastrophic event.

A catastrophic event is defined as extreme misfortune for reasons beyond the student’s control that prevents her or him from meeting basic living expenses. Examples of such events include but are not limited to (1) death in the family; (2) unusual uninsured medical expenses; (3) uninsured losses caused by fire, crime, flood, or other disasters; (4) insupportable indebtedness occurring for reasons beyond the individual’s control.

The maximum award amount is $500 per catastrophic event, subject to the availability of the funds and the extent of need.

 The application period for Fall 2019 is now closed.  We will re-open the application period in February 2020.

General Provisions