The Student Emergency Fund is a donor-supported fund designed to provide limited financial help to students facing an emergency situation. An emergency situation may include a family member’s job loss, illness, or death; a student’s own sudden illness; an automotive breakdown for a commuter student; or other such situation. The hope of the Student Emergency Fund is to prevent students from abandoning their dream of earning a Penn State degree in the face of difficult personal and financial circumstances due to no fault of their own. Awards do not need to be repaid.
Support is directed to students experiencing extraordinary and sometimes unexpected hardships that affect their ability to cover the costs of their education, including books and supplies, transportation, living expenses, and in some limited cases even tuition expenses.
To be considered for emergency funds, students need to complete the request form below, including the amount requested, the purpose for the funds, and an explanation of the emergency situation.