Student emergency funds

The University of Minnesota Duluth has created emergency funds to assist and support University of Minnesota Duluth students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event. Note: Emergency grant funds are limited.

These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a supplement to a student's education funding sources. Instead, these funds are for those students who experience an event or unforeseen circumstance that negatively and severely impacts their academic success.

An eligibility review will determine if granting the emergency fund request will have an impact on current or future aid if received. Priority will be given to students whose persistence at the University may be at risk because of unexpected expenses. Emergency funds can be used for groceries/food, housing/rent, medical, transportation, technology, or other expenses that may be experienced during a financial crisis.

Award amounts may vary depending on types of expenses, circumstances, and/or documentation provided.

If approved, funds are paid directly to the student and delivered within 10-14 days through your student account, so make sure your Direct Deposit information and mailing address are up to date. If you have not done so already, you are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit, as it’s the fastest and most secure way to receive these funds.


  • Currently enrolled, degree-seeking student at the University of Minnesota Duluth during the term in which the emergency funds are requested. This includes undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
  • Ability to demonstrate current financial need by describing your circumstances and providing documentation or receipts related to the emergency.
  • Completed application.

Request funds

To request student emergency funds, complete the Emergency Grant application.

If you have questions about emergency funds, or the application process, please contact One Stop Student Services with questions.

Campus Resources

  • Counseling Services
    • If you (or someone you know) is in a mental health crisis and/or in immediate danger please call 911. If the mental health crisis you are experiencing is not dangerous, but you wish to talk to someone immediately for assistance about what to do next, call the 24-hour help line at 612-301-4673 or text "UMN" to 61222.
    • For mental health emergencies, please call Birch Tree Center at 218-623-1800.
    • U of M Textline. Just text "UMN" to 61222 and a counselor will be there 24/7 to talk, offer suggestions, or provide you with resources that may help—all through texting. It's a free service for UMN students.
    • If you would prefer to talk on the phone, please call the U of M Crisis Line: 612-301-4673 anytime.
    • Students can also text MN to 741741 to receive mental health support over the phone, offered through the Minnesota Department of Health.
  • Champ's Closet
  • Champ's Cupboard
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Health Services
  • International Student Services
  • Parent and Family Support

Community Resources