Program Information

NOTE:  Applications will only be processed when college is in session.

The Student Emergency Fund provides grants for the SUNY University at Albany students to pay for urgent expenses triggered by unforeseen events that threaten their ability to stay in college.

Child Care
Medical or Dental Expenses
Replacement of Stolen Item Needed for School

Cable Bills
College Fees
Credit Card Debt
Legal Representation









Note: If you do not meet one or more of the eligibility requirements below, please contact the Program Administrator via the contact information at the bottom of this page to discuss your situation and options.

Eligible students need to:

  • Be enrolled at the University at Albany pursuing a Bachelor's or Associate Degree

  • Be at least a half-time student (currently taking at least half the number of credits to be full-time)

  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA and otherwise in good standing with the college

  • Provide documentation of the financial emergency

Not all students who apply will receive a grant and only completed applications will be considered.


Assistance is granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability, or national origin. Not all students who apply will receive a grant and only completed applications will be considered.


Examples of Emergency Situations:

  • Homelessness or threat of eviction
  • Medical or Dental Emergency
  • Natural Disaster
  • Domestic Violence
  • Theft
  • Loss of Employment

Additional Notes:

  • Situations and expenses listed above are examples only. Additional ones may qualify and those listed above may not depending on the specific circumstances.
  • The maximum grant size is $2,000
  • You must show evidence of the expense (ex. bill or estimates, etc.)
  • Each student is eligible for no more than one grant in an academic year.
  • Grants are only available during fall and spring semesters
  • A grant from the Student Emergency Fund may be considered taxable income. Student can ask their school for more information.
Interested students must create an online account and submit an application. Documents to support your request (bills or estimates, etc.) are required to complete your application. Contact the Program Administrator with questions.
If approved for funding, payment will be made payable to a third party (ex. landlord). Payment type will be determined by the university on a case-by-case basis. In most cases, award payments will be available within 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) of a completed application being received (including evidence of expense).


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