Student Emergency Fund Guidelines

Purpose Statement

The purpose of the Student Emergency Fund is to provide limited financial assistance to Seattle University law students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardships related to an emergency situation. The fund is intended to assist students during times of crisis by providing financial support where a clear need exists. This fund supports students whose financial hardship is impacting their ability to fully participate in their academic program and is to be used after all other financial resources have been exhausted.

Applicants may be required to provide additional information as part of the application review. Existing financial aid is considered in determining any award amount, and unwillingness to take out loans does not constitute an emergency. While we attempt to support as many students as possible with emergency funding, we are not able to grant every request or always provide the full amount requested.  

Administration of the Fund 

The Student Emergency Fund is administered by Student Financial Services. All requests must be submitted in writing to the Student Emergency Fund Review Committee. The Committee will review applications and make a decision within a maximum of 10 business days from receipt of the application. 

It is expected that the student needing financial assistance will have first exhausted their immediate support network (i.e., family and friends) as well as other financial aid resources for which they may be eligible. The "Student Emergency Fund Application" form is available in the on the website at .  

Applicants must be enrolled in the law school for the term in which the emergency aid is requested. Alumni may apply for emergency aid up to three months following graduation.    The maximum amount that can be requested from the Student Emergency Fund is $500.00 per student, except in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Review Committee. Funds will be made available as soon as possible. 

Eligible Expenses

Funds can be accessed for, but are not limited to, the following reasons:

  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, flood, theft, or natural   disaster
  • Emergency or temporary housing assistance
  • Medications or costs related to emergency medical care (not covered by insurance)
  • Racially-informed mental health counseling for current students and recent graduates
  • Assistance with food, rent, or utilities due to an emergency situation
  • Costs related to a family death or illness
  • Safety-related needs (e.g., changing a lock)
  • Transportation issues that directly impact education
  • Essential academic expenses
  • Technology needs (e.g., laptop repair, access to internet)