Student Emergency Financial Assistance Program

The Vice President for Student Affairs and the Dean of Students established a Student Emergency Financial Assistance fund to help students with unanticipated expenses. A Student Emergency Financial Assistance need is defined as an unforeseen, short term issue that requires financial resources to solve, and, if not addressed, could prohibit a student from remaining enrolled and persisting toward graduation at UT Dallas.

Who Is Eligible?

  • A student currently enrolled during the semester that emergency financial assistance is requested.
  • A student who has a financial hardship due to a sudden emergency such as an accident or unanticipated life event.
  • A student who may not be able to continue with their education due to the emergency.

Please note that other financial resources, such as those available through the Office of Financial Aid, must have been considered, are determined to be insufficient, or are not available in the timeframe needed by the student.

Application Process

  • Required documentation must be provided along with the application. Documentation may include but is not limited to:
    • Applicant’s monthly budget
    • Documentation proving the crisis situation: photos, doctor’s note, insurance claim, termination papers, etc.
    • Bills or invoices for payments that require emergency financial assistance
  • A representative from the Dean of Students Office will contact the student for more information and to schedule a time to review the application and accompanying materials.
  • Once an award decision is made, the student will be notified via email with next steps, or with referrals to other potential emergency assistance options.
  • Funds will be distributed according to appropriate university processes.
  • Once the student receives the funds, receipts must be provided to the Dean of Students office to verify the funds were used for the reason(s) requested.

Student Emergency Financial Assistance Program

Currently, the Student Emergency Fund is only open to students on a referral basis.

Please email us for more information.


Expenses that Emergency Financial Assistance might cover include, but are not limited to:
  • Rent.
  • Groceries.
  • Utility bills, such as electricity and water.
  • Personal items that were lost due to theft, fire, natural disaster, etc.
  • Safety needs.
  • Prescriptions or other medical care expenses.
  • Books or other course-related expenses
Expenses the Emergency Financial Assistance Program cannot cover:
  • Tuition and fees.
  • Health insurance.
  • Study abroad costs.
  • Non-essential utilities.
  • Application or test fees.
  • Household costs not related to damage or theft.
  • Entertainment or recreation expenses.
  • Non-emergency travel.
  • Expenditures incurred from something other than an emergency.


  • Students may not apply for Emergency Financial Assistance more than once a semester, or four times in total.
  • Award amounts will vary based on request.
  • Disbursements are payable only to the student submitting the application.
  • Maximum lifetime award of $1,000.