Effective 2/1: Improved Student Emergency Fund Processes

Dear HSC Students,

The Student Emergency Fund (SEF) is a critical part of the support system that HSC provides to our enrolled students to continue their education despite unforeseen circumstances. In an effort to ensure accessibility to the SEF, the processes for emergency funding have been revised. We want to thank the SGA presidents for bringing forth concerns of the student body.  Their feedback and partnership with the Division of Student Affairs was integral to improving the processes in a timely manner.

Effective 2/1/2024, students are no longer required to have exhausted all financial assistance through the Financial Aid Office, including student loans, grants and scholarships to qualify for the SEF.  A summary of all changes is provided below.

  • Students are no longer required to exhaust all financial aid assistance.
  • SEF funds can be awarded once/academic year.
  • The max award amount is $1,200 per application with a $2,000 lifetime max.

Additionally, to provide more clarity and transparency on the process and requirements, including information about the approval process, communication with the Financial Aid Office, a list of expenses not covered, and examples of qualifying emergency situations, this information is also reflected on the SEF website.

For more information, including access to the SEF application, please visit the SEF website here: https://www.unthsc.edu/sef.