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Student Emergency Relief Fund

The Student Emergency Relief Fund is specifically set aside to help students with "catastrophic needs" - that is, students who have experienced a tragedy that may only be described as a catastrophe. This could include unexpected, temporary financial hardships resulting from a crisis situation, including those which may have resulted from circumstances related to the coronavirus pandemic.  The Student Emergency Relief Fund is not CARES Act Student Emergency Aid Funding


The fund is not intended to remedy a student's situation completely, but rather to help students mitigate circumstances in hopes of helping them get back on their feet. Every situation will be different; each case will ultimately be evaluated by an internal committee as designated by Academic/Student Affairs. 


Eligibility Requirements 

Emergency Relief Fund money cannot be awarded to students who are not currently enrolled in coursework, or who are in Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Suspension or have already met their Total Cost of Attendance for the year, as determined by the UNF Financial Aid Office, as it would endanger any previous financial aid already received.



Application of Funds 

Emergency Relief Funding is applied to your student account similar to a scholarship or grant. The award will be applied to any outstanding balance on your account to reduce this aspect of your financial hardship. Any remaining funds will be distributed in the same manner as other awards, scholarships or grants, and refunded through the process you have selected. 


Students are highly encouraged to enroll in eRefund to allow the university to direct deposit funds associated with the Student Emergency Relief Funding. To set up eRefund, please see the Controller webpage on Direct Deposit for Student Refunds.


Documentation Requirements: 

For Emergency Relief Funding Requests to be considered, documentation is required. Please be prepared to document your emergency situation when filling out the Student Emergency Relief Funding Application. The documentation you provide should be recent, and directly relate to your need for relief funding.

Documentation Examples:

  • Verifying loss of employment or paid internship - Submit two (2) or three (3) recent pay stubs verifying employment and a decline in pay/hours (most helpful).
  • Verifying loss of employment or paid internship - Submit an official letter or email from previous employer or internship provider.  Please include a paystub to validate your employment with this employer.
  • Verifying a disaster that deprives a student of their home, functionality, or livelihood - Submit police reports, insurance claims, victim advocate reports.
  • Documentation of demonstrated financial struggle, also include reason/rationale and documentation of the recent situation that let to the financial struggle.

Apply for Assistance


 The request form for the Fall 2021 semester is closed.  

The application for Spring 2022 is now open, please click the button below.  Applications will be reviewed beginning January 19, 2022. 



Student Emergency Relief Fund Request Form


Additional Documentation Upload Form


Awards, if granted, are applied to student accounts and disburse based on the financial aid schedule.