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About The Student Crisis Fund

The Student Crisis Fund is managed by the Dean of Students Office housed within the Division of Student Affairs. Creating a culture of care is central to the Dean of Students values. In the spirit of caring for our students the Student Crisis Fund supports the financial wellness and personal well being of our students so they can thrive personally and academically. The Student Crisis fund is funded by our generous donors and supporters and it provides financial support when a verified crisis has negatively impacted a student's health, safety, wellbeing, and their ability to continue their education.

The funds are provided in the form of a ONCE PER ACADEMIC YEAR AWARD, crisis funding is not intended to provide ongoing relief for recurring expenses. These awards are not loans that students are expected to repay and every request for financial relief will be reviewed on its individual merits. The value of the awards ranges based on a student's specific needs but typically does not exceed $500.

Types of verified crises that can be used to apply for the Student Crisis Fund:

  • To minimize immediate critical needs of students caused by acute financial stress;
  • To provide for short-term financial assistance with unusual or unforeseen medical expenses;
  • To provide assistance with unexpected medication/prescription expenses;
  • To provide assistance with mental health crisis related expenses (unexpected medication cost);
  • To provide support for temporary housing and/or other essential needs such as food, due to displacement by natural disaster or other unforeseen environmental hazards; 
  • To provide support with safety-related needs (e.g. lock change, crisis shelter, etc.);
  • To provide assistance with sudden food insecurity; 
  • To support shelter for a student in a dangerous situation due to acts of violence or other victimization;
  • To fund travel or transportation of a student or a student's belongings home due to family crisis, crisis, or death.

Types of Crisis that do NOT apply for the Student Crisis Funding:

  • Loss of employment or reduction in wages due to voluntary resignation, temporary employment, or known/scheduled time off;
  • Routinely occurring bills such as electric, rent, car payment, etc. (unless in default due to a qualifying unforeseen event); 
  • Moving expenses (unless due to a crisis situation such as domestic abuse, housing insecurity, etc.); 
  • Child support payments; 
  • Expenses of family or extended family;
  • Study abroad or Spring Recess travel expenses; 
  • Routine medical expenses such as annual health check-up, dental cleanings, etc; 
  • Tuition/university fees expenses (this includes parking tickets, library fines, residence hall fees, etc…)
  • Legal fees and court cost (unless due to a crisis situation such as domestic abuse, housing insecurity, etc.); 
  • Expenses due to lack of financial planning.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be currently enrolled as a University of Maryland, College Park student to apply and at the time of award distribution; 
  • Demonstrate financial hardship due to crisis, accident, illness, or other unforeseen events; 
  • The student applicant has considered (or has exhausted) alternative funding options for assistance; 
  • Students must complete all questions on application in full, including how the monies will be spent; 
  • Students must describe other sources of funding and financial resources that have been considered (including student loans, Medicaid, personal financial accounts, community resources) and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.


If you need assistance, please email at or call 301.314.8484. If you are interested in supporting the Student Crisis Fund, please contact us at 301.314.4900 or

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