Student Hardship Fund

Emory's Student Hardship Fund provides financial assistance to students facing unexpected financial challenges. 

It was created with and is sustained by charitable donations from university-affiliated people and entities, students, organizations, or persons who want to assist Emory students. Because the Fund is donation-based, there is no guarantee funding will be available at a given time.

This Fund is not associated with the financial aid application or appeal processes. Financial aid applicants who have special circumstances directly related to the financial aid process should contact their advisor.

How the Emory Hardship Fund Works

You must meet the following criteria to be eligible for Emory Hardship Fund assistance:

  • The need for funding is due to an unexpected event
  • You are enrolled at Emory as a full-time student
  • You have not been subject to disciplinary action resulting from a violation of Emory's Standards of Conduct or Academic policy within the past twelve (12) months

An "unexpected event" is defined as an extreme misfortune for reasons beyond your control that prevents you from meeting basic living expenses. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Death in the family
  • Unusual uninsured medical expenses
  • Uninsured losses caused by fire, crime, flood, or other disasters
  • Insupportable indebtedness occurring for reasons beyond your control

The application period for Fall 2022 is now closed. We will re-open the application period in February 2023.

Funding Considerations and Limitations

  • Applications solely to support purchasing books will be denied.
  • You have the right to submit your application anonymously and to indicate that your request is time sensitive. If you would like to exercise either of these options, please indicate so on your application.
  • A student may receive a maximum of one award per academic school year.
  • If the Fund has a balance of less than $5,000 at the time an application is approved for award, the award will not exceed 10% of the available balance.