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Emergency Funds

Emergency Funds

Emergency funds provide financial support to current UC Merced students when they need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, homelessness, fire damage, or need for temporary housing. Currently enrolled students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other financial resources (student loans, personal resources, and payment plans). This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid. If emergency funds are granted, they do not have to be repaid.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incident.

  • The expense must be unexpected, unforeseen, and the urgent nature unavoidable.

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled students at UC Merced.

  • All other resources, including student loans through Financial Aid must have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.

  • Applicants must complete all questions in full and submit supporting documentation.

Application Process

Students who are in need of emergency financial assistance may submit an application and supporting documentation to the Office of the Dean of Students.

Applicants are required to meet with/speak with the Dean of Students to discuss their application. Please contact the Office of the Dean of Students to schedule an appointment (209) 228-4482. Applicants will be notified of a decision in a timely manner.