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Student Emergency Fund

Student Emergency Fund Qualifications and Procedures

Qualifications and Procedures

The Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to Boise State University students who are in danger from withdrawing due to unanticipated, temporary financial hardships resulting from emergency or crisis situations (e.g., accident, illness, death of a family member). Funds will be awarded as grants to help alleviate short-term financial needs. If you think you may qualify, please submit the Student Emergency Fund application, along with supporting documentation of your hardships. We are here to help you stay in school!

Fund Stipulations

  • Grants do not generally exceed $400
  • Grants may be awarded ONCE during a student’s academic career
  • Grants do not have to be repaid


Fund Qualifications



  • Medical/Dental
  • Housing/Rent/Utilities
  • Books/School Supplies
  • Food/Groceries
  • Personal Automobile/Travel
  • Child Care
  • Tuition
  • Student Fees
  • Legal Fines/Expenses

What qualifies as an emergency or crisis situations?
Situations include, but are not limited to, accidents, medical or dental emergencies, natural disasters, travel emergencies, need for temporary housing due to unanticipated events.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Enrolled in and attending the semester in which funds are being requested (must be attending summer classes to be considered for funds during the summer).
  • Must be a degree-seeking student in good academic standing with minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 or show evidence of recent satisfactory progress.
  • Must be experiencing an unexpected financial hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis situation.
  • You have exhausted all other possible financial resources before applying for student emergency funds, such as student loans, Medicaid, personal financial accounts, people that owe you money, and community resources. See additional resources below.
  • Must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial need (e.g., billing statements, receipts, repair estimates).

*If you are unable to upload your documentation to your application, hand deliver to Office of the Dean of Students, in our new location in Campus School, Suite 120 OR mail to Office of the Dean of Students, 1910 University Drive Boise, ID 83725-1370.

Application Process

  1. Complete a Student Emergency Fund Application. A request will be considered complete when the online form is submitted and documentation of need is received.
  2. You will be required to meet with a staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students to discuss your situation.
  3. Completed request is reviewed for approval and appropriate amount is determined. Criteria for approval and granted amounts will be based on eligibility, documentation of need, and availability of funds.
  4. You will be notified of decision with follow-up instructions.
  5. A required follow-up survey will be emailed within 60 days after payment is disbursed.

If you are currently receiving financial aid, please be aware that receiving emergency funds may affect your current and future aid awards.

If your financial hardship is related to coming out as LGBTQ during your time at Boise State, consider applying for the Steven Nelson Memorial Fund, a grant intended to assist students in moving forward with their lives and academic career.

Additional Resources