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About the Student Crisis Fund

The Student Crisis Fund was established to provide compassionate aid to students who face unanticipated emergencies. In the spirit of caring for our students, the Student Crisis Fund enables us to award Economic Crisis Response Grants when a verified crisis has negatively impacted a student's health, safety, wellbeing, and their ability to continue their education. Our goal is to alleviate the hardships that some of our students encounter and ensure their academic experience remains uninterrupted.

Types of expenses supported by the Student Crisis Fund include, but are not limited to: 

  • Emergency medical, dental, and mental health expenses, including prescriptions, not covered by insurance;
  • Emergency or temporary housing and/or food assistance;
  • Temporary support costs for a student in a dangerous situation due to threats or acts of violence; 
  • Transportation Issues (e.g., emergency car repair not covered by insurance); 
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to burglary, fire, flood, or other disaster;
  • Emergency dependent care;
  • Cost to travel home unexpectedly for a family emergency (death, illness, disaster, etc.)

Your gift to the Student Crisis Fund will help provide emergency resources to students in need. We receive hundreds of requests from students each year, so raising funds for this quick-response program is essential. Thank you for your generosity.

If you are a student in need of assistance, please visit the Economic Crisis Response Grant page for more information and application instructions. If you are interested in supporting the Student Crisis Fund, please contact us at or 301-314-4900.

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