Dean of Students

Emergency Funding is available through the Dean of Students Office for students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to temporary hardship related to an unforeseen or emergency situation. Students may generally receive this assistance one time for up to $500.


  1. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to apply.

  2. Students must be currently enrolled at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis).
  3. Meet with a Dean of Students Office staff member prior to receiving funding.

Expenses Generally Covered

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Personal belongings lost in a fire;
  • Temporary food insecurity;
  • Emergency medical treatment/medication when you do not have the ability to pay and the costs cannot be covered by insurance;
  • Emergency temporary lodging if you find yourself homeless or in an unsafe situation;
  • Travel expenses to return home in the case of a sudden family death or other emergency.

Expenses Generally Not Covered

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Expenses due to a lack of financial planning or overspending;
  • Outstanding debt to the university or otherwise (i.e. credit cards, fees past due, etc.);
  • Tuition and other university fees.

Applying for Emergency Funding

Emergency funding through the Dean of Students Office is reserved for students who have exhausted all other available options. Prior to granting funding, the Dean of Students Office will work with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if loans, scholarships, or grants are available. You may also seek assistance through your school or college. These resources can be found on the Office of the Provost website.

To apply for funding, you must meet with a Dean of Students Office staff member to discuss your need and then complete the Student Emergency Assistance Form. You may be asked to provide supporting documentation to verify your need.