Emergency Funds

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2020欧洲杯体育直播投注unanticipated circumstances can prevent students from continuing their education and achieving academic success.  ub has two unique resources to connect students to emergency funding. 

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What are Emergency Funds?

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注student emergency funds at the university at buffalo seek to award grants to eligible students who are experiencing an unforeseen hardship that could impact their ability to remain enrolled in school. temporary financial assistance is available for immediate and current emergency situations. examples of qualifying emergency situations include:

  • Death in the family
  • Victim of a crime or accident
  • Loss of property or income
  • Unanticipated educational expenses (beyond tuition)

The student emergency funds are designated to off-set short-term financial need and are not intended to replace or supplement financial aid or scholarship. All situations are unique and will be evaluated carefully and confidentially.

Response Time

response time may vary depending on which option you choose.  student conduct and advocacy will respond to all completed applications within 2-5 business days.

Crossing the Finish Line

ub student emergency funds are supported in part by the ub fund for student life and by generous individual donors and private foundations.  your contribution can help a student in need persist towards graduation. 

Eligible Expenses

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注grants can be used for a variety of expenses that are necessary to support a student’s well-being. examples of eligible expenses include:

  • Off-Campus Rent
  • Utilities
  • Transportation
  • Food
  • Medical care
  • Child care
Ineligible Expenses

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注examples of ineligible expenses include student account charges (tuition, university fees, meal plan, residence hall rent, etc.) parking tickets or credit card debt.

Emergency Fund Options

7/22/20 Emergency Fund Resources In Response to COVID-19

We recognize that students may face hardship during this rapidly evolving situation.  Emergency fund applications will continue to be received and reviewed during this time.  Each fund has a unique application and set of criteria and students may apply to one 2020欧洲杯体育直播投注fund that best meets their need.

(heerf) provides emergency financial assistance to eligible students who have experienced financial hardship due to the disruption of campus operations during the covid-19 pandemic. students who meet federal financial aid requirements are able to receive funding. heerf was established as part of the u.s. federal government’s coronavirus aid, relief, and economic security (cares) act

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注some academic units have developed emergency funds for students studying within their programs.  if your primary degree program is within one of the below listed areas, utilize your school-specific resource.

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注additionally, emergency funds are available to international students.

Students who do not meet criteria for one of the above referenced funds may consider either the Gerstner and Heckscher Student Emergency Fund or2020欧洲杯体育直播投注 the UB Student Life Emergency Gift Fund.  Criteria for these funds is outlined below.

1. Gerstner and Heckscher Student Emergency Fund

Gerstner and Heckscher Student Emergency Fund

the gerstner family foundation and the heckscher foundation for children support grants for ub students who are facing an emergency situation in the short-term, and to ultimately help them graduate from college in the long-term.

grants are only available during the fall and spring semesters, may be no more than $2,000 and must be paid directly to a third party that is not the university at buffalo.

Students applying must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Currently enrolled UB student pursuing a first bachelor’s degree
  • Students who are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
  • Course load is the equivalent of at least half the number of credits to be fulltime
  • Minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Demonstrate/document the need for an eligible expense as noted above

due to covid-19, response time and processing of approved applications will take longer than usual, possible 2-3 weeks.

each application is evaluated carefully.  not all requests can be accommodated.

2. UB Student Life Emergency Gift Fund

UB Student Life Emergency Gift Fund

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注the ub student life emergency gift fund offers temporary financial assistance for immediate and current emergency situations to students who do not meet the criteria of the gerstner and heckscher student emergency fund. the average gift size ranges from $200-$400. students applying must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled UB student
  • Demonstrate/document the need for an eligible expense as noted above

Before submitting an application, review the criteria for the Gerstner and Heckscher Student Emergency Fund to confirm that you are not eligible for that resource.

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注due to covid-19, response time and processing of approved applications will take longer than usual, possible 2-3 weeks.

each application is evaluated carefully. not all requests can be accommodated.

The UB Student Life Emergency Gift Fund is partially supported by the UB Fund for Student Life, the Random Acts of Kindness endowment and by generous individual donors and private foundations. Your contribution can help a student in need persist towards graduation.

7/22/20 Food Support During COVID-19

Blue Table, the virtual food pantry service for UB students, remains operational.  Students can pick up an order from 235 Student Union on Tuesdays and Thursdays or get a pre-filled emergency bag from the Student Union Welcome Center  Learn More

Additional Resources

Financial Planning

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注some situations are not uncommon, and may not require the use of an emergency gift fund if you are proactive and able to plan accordingly.

Paycheck Gaps

when you start a job, on or off campus, it is common for your first paycheck to be delayed.  make sure you speak with your supervisor early on to familiarize yourself with the payroll schedule.

Delayed Financial Aid

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注student financial aid, including benefits for veterans, is applied to your student account on a unique, individual basis and not always at the beginning of the semester.  work with your advisor in financial aid or veteran services to anticipate when your aid will be received.

Financial Literacy Tools

suny offers ub students the opportunity to use smart track® resources that cover the spectrum of personal financial literacy, from budgeting, responsible credit card use and avoiding identify theft to the basics of banking, borrowing and working through college.

Food Support

consistent access to nutritious food is a necessary part of being a successful, healthy student.  should you experience an unanticipated hardship, we can help connect you to groceries. 

Blue Table, a virtual pantry service, links students with a variety of food options when they are in need.  UB also has a partnership with the UPC Food Pantry across the street from South Campus.

Mental Health and Wellness Resources

Short-term on campus mental health support

University at Buffalo
120 Richmond Quadrangle, North Campus
2020欧洲杯体育直播投注Buffalo, NY 14261

phone: (716) 645-2720; fax: (716) 645-2175

Primary, non-emergency medical care

Health Services

Student Life

University at Buffalo
Michael Hall, 3435 Main Street, South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注phone: (716) 829-3316; fax: (716) 829-2564

Preventative health and wellness education

Health Promotion

Student Life

University at Buffalo
114 Student Union, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

2020欧洲杯体育直播投注phone: (716) 645-2837; fax: (716) 645-6234

Additional Resources

Crisis Text Line

Need to talk? The Crisis Text Line provides 24-hour support for people experiencing a mental health or situational crisis. Users are connected to a trained Crisis Counselor, who will help them develop a plan to stay safe. Messages are confidential, anonymous and secure. Data usage while texting the Crisis Text Line is free and the number will not appear on a phone bill. Text: “GOT5” to 741-741

Scholarship Portal

you work hard to earn scholarships and the scholarship portal makes it easy to find them. a general application opens in early october and remains open through the spring semester. once you complete it, you can return regularly to view new opportunities the system has matched with your academic record and responses.

Support for Crime Victims

On-campus emergencies and crime prevention, 24/7

bissell hall, north campus

phone: (716) 645-2227; emergencies: (716) 645-2222

Additional Resources

Need Help?

University at Buffalo
9 Norton Hall, North Campus
2020欧洲杯体育直播投注Buffalo, NY 14260

phone: (716) 645-6154; fax: (716) 645-3376