The Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to students who are unable to meet basic needs due to an emergency. The fund provides short-term financial help and does not replace or supplement financial aid.

What can this fund cover?

The Student Emergency Fund covers short-term, unanticipated emergencies. Emergencies are defined as urgent, unforeseen, and non-recurring.

Emergencies may include:

  • Emergency car repairs
  • Medication and other costs related to emergency medical care
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings or temporary housing needs due to fire, flood, theft, or natural disaster
  • Safety-related needs (e.g. changing a lock)
  • Other emergency situations that may impact your ability to fully participate in your academic enrollment at CSN

What does this fund not cover?

This fund typically  does not cover the following:

  • Penalties, fines, tickets, legal fees, or jail bonds
  • Lost IDs or meal cards
  • Non-essential utilities, household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
  • Replacement of non-essential personal items due to fire, flood, theft, or natural disaster
  • Anticipated expenses (e.g., annual car inspection)

Long-term needs will be directed to and/or community resources. Financial aid options can include self-help aid such as loans or work-study.

How soon do I receive funds?

It can take 3-5 college business days to review your request. If approved, the funds will be distributed through direct bank account or paper check. Typically, funds are distributed within a week after the application has been approved.

Do I need to repay the funds?

No. Unlike a loan, money awarded through this fund does not need to be repaid.

How do I qualify for the Student Emergency Fund?

The Student Emergency Fund is available to credit seeking students in declared programs. To qualify for the Student Emergency Fund, you must meet the below qualifications.

Credit seeking students must:

  • Be enrolled in 6 or more credits CSN during the semester in which you apply
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Not have received the Student Emergency Fund within and current academic year

What documents do I need to support my request?

Requests without documentation will not be reviewed. Your documentation must help verify the circumstances of your funding request and the requested amount. Documentation can include (but is not limited to):

  • Medical bills
  • Essential utility bills
  • Police reports or court records
  • Invoices pertaining to one of the listed covered expenses

What happens after I submit my request?

Once your request and all supporting documentation have been submitted, your request will be reviewed to determine a funding amount. If you're approved, you will be notified through your CSN email within 3-5 business days. This timeframe does not include the disbursement timeframe.

How do I submit my request?

The Student Emergency Fund Application for Spring 2021 is now closed and will reopen for students enrolled in Summer 2021 on June 14, 2021.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Please email if you have any questions.  Thank you