Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Emergency Financial Assistance


The Ohio State University provides emergency financial assistance to students who may otherwise be at risk of dropping out of college due to an unexpected financial emergency.  

If you, or a student you know, are experiencing an unplanned expense, we may have emergency funding available (resources are limited). Our office is accepting applications and may award up to $1,000 to eligible students. 

*Students may only receive funding once per academic year.



  • Domestic, undergraduate, Columbus campus students are eligible to apply (preference is given to Rank 3 & 4). 
  • Students must be enrolled in the current term and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 when completing the application.
  • This year’s FAFSA must be on file and the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) cannot exceed $10,000.
  • The student must have room in their financial aid budget (unmet need in their Cost of Attendance).
  • Students must include documentation reflecting their financial emergency. A copy of a lease, a utility bill, auto repair bill are examples of appropriate documentation.


  • QuestionsIf you have questions, please contact us by e-mail or by phone (614) 292-1111 to set-up a phone conference
  • ApplicationPlease complete the following form: Student Emergency Fund Application and submit all appropriate documentation.
  • Award DecisionAfter the application is reviewed, the student will receive a message via their OSU e-mail account notifying them of the outcome within 3-5 days. If approved, the message will also include how much funding will be awarded.
  • PaymentThe university works diligently to process funding as quickly as possible.  Awards will be applied directly to the student’s Statement of Account.  If the student is not already signed up for direct deposit, please follow instructions listed here.   
  • Financial Education TrainingTo help prevent financial emergencies in the future, Ohio State is committed to providing all students with the opportunity for free financial coaching from Scarlet and Gray Financial at the Student Life Student Wellness Center. All recipients of emergency funding are expected to attend training after their immediate emergency is resolved.   To learn more and to schedule your financial coaching appointment, please visit this link.  



Information submitted will be used to determine eligibility.  It may be shared with other university offices that have a need to know for purposes of reviewing and processing this request, and/or to comply with university policy or law.


For more information about student emergency funding, contact the Student Life Student Advocacy Center by e-mail or by phone (614) 292-1111.