This fund provides 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 or crisis. It 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.

We are able to provide these emergency grants to our students thanks to the generous support of Seattle U Law alumni, faculty, staff, and a generous $25,000 gift from our friends at AccessLex.

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)

Application procedure

  • Those seeking funds must complete a Student Emergency Fund Application (PDF) and email it to Student Financial Services.
  • Applicants may be required to provide additional information as part of the application review.
  • All requests must be submitted in writing to the Student Emergency Fund Review Committee.
  • A decision is made by a maximum of 10 business days from application receipt.
  • While we attempt to support as many students as possible, we are not able to grant every request or always provide the full amount requested.

Financial assistance

  • The maximum amount that can be requested is $1,000.00 per student, except in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Review Committee.
  • Funds will be made available as soon as possible.
  • Existing financial aid is considered in determining any award amount, and unwillingness to take out loans does not constitute an emergency.


  • Students seeking funds must have first exhausted their immediate support network (i.e., family and friends) and all other financial aid resources.
  • 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.

Contact Us

Student Financial Services (SFS)
Sullivan Hall, Second Floor
901 12th Avenue
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA 98122-1090

SFS Hours

Monday, Thursday:
9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. when classes are not in session)

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday:
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.