Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund assists UNI students by providing limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to an unexpected emergency. Examples of unexpected emergency situations include accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or the need for temporary housing. Priority will be given to students whose tenure at the university may be at risk because of said expenses. 

Possible expenses covered by the Student Emergency Fund (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Temporary housing
  • Safety needs
  • Replacement of essential belongings, due to fire, theft or natural disaster
  • Travel costs related to the death or illness of an immediate family member

Expenses NOT covered (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance and study abroad costs
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Regularly anticipated fixed expenses
  • Parking tickets
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses
  • Expenditures resulting from poor financial management 



The number of students who can be served by the Student Emergency Fund is subject to the availability of funding. The fund must be sustained by continual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University. The Student Emergency Fund is a university-wide initiative and coordinated as a joint venture between Student Life, Financial Aid & Scholarships, and University Advancement.