UMass Boston

Emergency Aid Fund

Student Emergency Aid Fund

Purpose of the Fund
The Student Emergency Aid Fund provides small grants to students for temporary one-time emergency situations including those as a result of natural disasters, homelessness, food insecurity, or threats to a student's rights, educational access, or economic security caused by current and future federal, state, and local immigration policies. Karen Ferrer-Muñiz, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Liya Escalara, Vice Provost of Academic Support Services & Undergraduate Studies oversee the fund.

Examples of Approved Requests
Replacement of school equipment or books due to theft or natural disaster; cost of food or temporary living expenses due to natural disasters, accidents, housing problems, or domestic violence; visa renewal; or legal representation related to immigration or other forms of discrimination.

The fund is not intended to cover the cost of tuition or ongoing living expenses. A request will also involve a review of the student’s financial aid eligibility, including eligibility for additional grant aid and for loans that the student may need to utilize.

Applicants may be contacted by a staff member of the Dean of Students Office or U-Access to discuss whether they would like to have a benefits screening. U-Access serves students who are experiencing temporary homelessness, emancipation from foster care, chronic poverty, and chronic hunger.

Completing the Form
Please include all information requested. Include a copy of your financial aid award letter, reason why aid was denied, or why you did not apply. Supporting documentation should include any information that will support statements in your narrative. For example, if you state that you have lost your job, please include any emails or other communication which show that you have lost the employment. Claims that are not sufficiently documented may not be considered. Please be assured that all verbal and written communications will be treated with the strictest privacy.

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