The Student Emergency Fund provides students with assistance when faced with an unexpected emergency situation. The purpose is to support students’ ability to stay enrolled and complete their education.
All students currently enrolled in a minimum of one course are eligible to apply.
Funding is limited to up to a maximum of $500 within a 12-month period. This is a donation-based program and funds are disbursed based on availability.
Please review EACH frequently asked question below thoroughly to learn more about the details of the fund and when and how to apply.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are the criteria to apply for the Student Emergency Fund?
The Student Emergency Fund is available to ALL enrolled students. To apply for these funds, you must meet the following qualifications:
- - Be enrolled in a minimum of one course at CSN during the semester in which you apply for funds
- - Have not received $500 in student emergency funds within 12 months from the date of previous award
What can this fund cover?
The Student Emergency Fund covers short-term, unanticipated emergencies. Emergencies are defined as urgent, unforeseen, and non-recurring.
Examples of emergency situations may include, but are not limited to:
- - Loss of job opportunities
- - Change in family income
- - Transportation disruption
- - Technology Disruption (hardware, Software, Internet)
- - Housing needs (Loss of housing, Utilities, Repairs)
- - Unexpected medical expenses
- - Costs due to death or severe illness of immediate family members (e.g., dependent, spouse)
- - Replacement of essential items due to fire, natural disaster, or theft (e.g., eyeglasses, clothing, etc.)
What does this fund not cover?
This fund does not cover the following:
- - Normal or anticipated expenses (e.g., automobile payments or insurance premiums, routine car maintenance, household or furniture costs or credit card payments,)
- - Non-essential utilities (e.g., cable, phone)
- - Costs for extra-curricular activity, entertainment, or non-emergency travel
- - Credit collections or expenditures resulting from poor financial management.
- - Medical expenses for friends
- - Alcohol or drug related offenses, tickets, legal fees, or jail bonds
- - Computer replacement due to negligence
- - Replacement of non-essential personal items due to fire, flood, theft, or natural disaster
For long-term needs, it is recommended to apply for financial aid. Financial aid options can include grants, loans, scholarships, or work-study. You may also consider applying for public assistance such as SNAP or TANF.
What is the maximum amount I may receive?
Students may be awarded up to a maximum of $500 within a 12-month period.
Note: For approved applications, the amount of the award will be determined by the documentation provided and will not automatically grant the maximum amount.
When can I apply?
The online application will be available the second week of each semester and will close one week before the end the semester during the fall, spring, and summer terms while funding is available.
Note: You must be enrolled in a minimum of one course in the semester in which you apply for funds.
What happens after I apply?
Upon submission of the application, a confirmation will be sent to your CSN student email with more information.
Applications will be reviewed within three business days and decisions will be communicated to the CSN student email. Applications will not be reviewed during the weekend or on holidays which may extend the time for a decision if submitted on Friday after business hours, during the weekend, or on a holiday.
Learn how to access your CSN student email.
Do I need to repay the funds?
No. Unlike a loan, the money awarded through this fund does not need to be repaid.
What documents do I need to support my request?
Your documentation must help verify the circumstances of your funding request and the requested amount.
Students are required to submit personalized documentation (e.g., includes your name) with expenses displayed that support the justification and amount requested. This can include screenshots of receipts, invoices, statements, estimates, etc. You will not be able to submit your application without uploading appropriate documentation.
The online application allows you to upload up to five documents/files.
Note: If expenses are not in the student’s name, a statement explaining the relationship and proof will be required, such as birth certificate, driver’s license, marriage license, etc. Examples of acceptable documentation:
- - Personalized current bank statement showing balances
- - Personalized copy of "What I Owe" page
- - Personalized documentation of the recent emergency
- - Reduced hours at work documented on a pay stub
- - Notice of loss of employment, student, or family member
- - Car accident repair invoice/estimates
- - Permanent address located in the natural disaster area
- - Copy of medical bill/statements
- - Past due or shut-off utilities, such as electricity or gas
- - Disruption of technology access (computer repair/estimate)
- - Statement of how the emergency has caused financial hardship and impacted your current academic semester
- - If the student is a dependent, documentation to show proof of relationship is required.
How do I apply for the Student Emergency Fund?
Students who are enrolled in a minimum of one course in the semester in which they apply may complete an online application and upload supporting documentation when the application is available.
The application will be open only during the semesters and when funding is available.
After you submit your application, a confirmation will be sent to your CSN student email with more information.
I've visited the webpage and want to apply; however, I cannot access the application link, why is it not accessible/visible?
The application link will be only visible/active during the fall, spring, and summer open application periods and when funding is available.
If I previously received these funds, can I receive funds again?
A student may be awarded up to a maximum of $500 within a 12-month period.