Student Emergency Fund

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Unanticipated financial challenges can prevent students from continuing their education and achieving success at Colgate. 

RESPONSE: The Student Emergency Fund

The establishment of a student emergency fund will provide financial assistance to students in times of great unexpected need. 

Currently at Colgate, an established emergency fund is available for students in the Office of Undergraduate Studies (OUS) program who experience a crisis. In 2020, the University created a COVID-19 emergency fund that assisted students with travel, food, and other unforeseen expenses caused by the pandemic.

Now, the Colgate community seeks to establish a permanent universitywide Student Emergency Fund that will allow students to apply for emergency funding consideration. Emergency funding differs from financial aid, as it is designed to offset short-term financial need due to temporary hardships. 

Examples of situations that would merit emergency funding include: 

  • medical expenses associated with accidents or illness 
  • emergency travel due to the death of a family member
  • replacement of personal items or temporary housing needs due to fire, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstances

The availability of this funding can make all the difference for students facing significant personal or financial challenges as they seek to complete their Colgate degree. Administration of the emergency fund through a partnership between OUS, the Dean of the College, and the Office of Financial Aid, will ensure equitable access for eligible students.

Your support will make a profound difference for students who receive this funding.

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