Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund (SEF) assists Purdue Teacher Education students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing.

Student Emergency Fund

Currently enrolled students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources (credit card, payment plans, additional student aid, assistance from family/friends, other personal resources). This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid. If Student Emergency Funds are granted, they do not have to be repaid. These funds are administered in the form of a scholarship, therefore they will show up on your MyPurdue account after enrollment for the semester has been accepted.

Expenses Not Covered

This list is not exhaustive.

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Regularly anticipated fixed expenses (i.e. rent)
  • Parking tickets
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses
  • Other anticipated expenses

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incident.
  • The expense must be unexpected, unforeseen, and the urgent nature unavoidable.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled students.
  • All other resources, including emergency loans through scholarships and student aid must have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.
  • Applicants must complete all questions in full and submit supporting documentation.
  • Only ONE application per student per semester will be considered; a second request must include documentation from ODOS.

Application Process

Students who need emergency financial assistance may apply and provide supporting documentation to the managing director of the College of Education Academic Services. The Emergency Fund Committee, comprised of advisors and faculty, reviews the submitted applications within one business day and determines the appropriate funding amount.

Funds distributed do not generally exceed $500. The committee will review applications requesting in excess of $500 for unique and unusual circumstances of emergency financial need. Applicants may be asked to meet with a staff member to discuss their application. If you are currently receiving financial aid, please be aware that receiving funding from the Emergency Fund may affect your future aid packages and funds received may be taxed as income.

If you have questions regarding the application, call: Academic Services at (765) 494-2345. Questions about the fund distribution should be directed to the Business Office at (765) 494-2340.