Emergency Funding Process

Overview:
Generous contributions from alumni, parents and friends of the College allow the Dean of Students Office to offer limited financial support to students for emergencies, special programs, test prep, supplies, travel and unanticipated events. These funds do not have to be repaid but the College hopes that one day when a beneficiary of this support is in a position to pay this forward, they will.

Process:
Our office receives and responds to financial requests on a weekly basis. For more pressing emergencies, students should contact their individual dean. You can identify your dean here.

Factors taken into account when considering awards:

  • Whether a student is on financial aid (most funds are restricted for students on aid)
  • Whether a student has previously received support from these funds
  • Extenuating or specific circumstances

Note: Each year, demand exceeds available funding, and in most cases these monies will not cover the entire cost of an event or emergency. These funds are not a replacement for financial aid, and are intended to cover incidental and unexpected expenses of modest amounts. Additionally, requesting and/or receiving emergency funds will not affect a student’s annual financial aid award.

Following is a list of some types of assistance students have requested in the past. Requests for emergency assistance are not limited to those on this list:

  • Travel1 (includes bus, train, car and air; emergency travel; transportation to and from job or internship interviews; travel as part of a student organization)
  • Urgent medical expenses or urgent dental expenses not covered by insurance
  • Eyeglass replacement; contact lenses
  • Hearing aids
  • Text books2
  • Art supplies
  • Test prep courses (GREs, LSAT, MCAT)
  • Winter boots (up to $75.00)
  • Winter coat (up to $100.00)
  • Student activities that require a cost to participate
  • Equipment to participate in a Student Activity
  • Courses while away on academic suspension
  • Certain language lessons

Expenses Not Covered by the Emergency Fund:

  • Tuition, fees or study abroad costs
  • Non-essential personal bills such as: current utility, credit card, cable or cell phone bills
  • Parking tickets, library fines, or similarly preventable expenses

Notification:
Requests are considered every week during the academic year and students will be contacted by their dean via campus email to discuss individual requests. Emergency requests may be considered in a more timely way. Please contact your dean directly if you require a response because of an immediate emergency financial need.

Accessing Funds:
Once notified, students will work with staff from the Dean of Students’ Office to ascertain the quickest and easiest way to meet the approved financial request.

Click HERE to make a request.


  1. For domestic students living outside of New England and New York, travel home is considered part of a student’s financial aid budget. The amount added to the student’s budget is estimated to cover three round trips during the course of the year. The Emergency Travel Fund is intended to help aided students who have emergency travel needs above and beyond the allowance already included in determining their financial aid award. International students should confer with Dean Khoa Khuong regarding emergency travel.
  2. Student financial aid packages cover up to $420 of student text books per semester. Textbook requests, therefore, should be no more than the difference between the total semester textbook bill and $420.