Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Student Emergency Fund

In an effort to provide additional assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are utilizing this application portal as a way for students to apply for the Student Emergency fund as well as other assistance funds available to current students. We encourage students to apply for all available resources using this link.  


The Ohio State University Student Emergency Fund provides 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, the Student Emergency Fund may be an option.  Our office is accepting applications and may be able to award up to $1,000 to eligible students. 

Students may only receive funding once per academic year.



  • Applicants must be domestic, undergraduate students. This funding is not available to professional or graduate students.
  • Students are only eligible to receive funding during the semester in which they apply, so they must be currently enrolled in coursework when completing the application.
  • Only students enrolled on the Columbus campus may apply.
  • Applicants must have a FAFSA on file for the current academic year.
  • Applicants must provide documentation reflecting their financial emergency. No funding will be disbursed until all supporting documentation is provided.



  • Meeting.
    We strongly recommend all students begin the application process by scheduling a meeting with the Office of Student Life Student Advocacy Center to discuss eligibility and to help prepare any relevant documentation. To schedule, contact us by e-mail or by phone (614) 292-1111.
  • Application.
    When you are prepared to start your application, please complete the following form: Student Emergency Fund Application

  • Award Decision.
    After submitting an application, the student will receive a message via their OSU e-mail account as soon as possible notifying them of the outcome of their application. If the student is approved, the award message will also include how much funding will be awarded.

  • Payment.
    The university works diligently to process third-party payments as soon as possible following the award notice. Funding cannot be disbursed directly to the student.

  • Financial Education Training.
    To 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 the Student Emergency Fund are expected to attend training once their immediate emergency is resolved.

    To learn more about Scarlet and Gray Financial and to schedule your financial coaching appointment, please visit Student Life Student Wellness Center - Financial Education



Information submitted may be shared with 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 the Student Emergency Fund, contact the Student Life Student Advocacy Center by e-mail or by phone (614) 292-1111.