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Student Crisis Fund

You are not alone. We're here to help.

The University of Dayton’s Student Crisis Fund was established in 2010 to keep students on the path to academic success during a personal and unexpected crisis. The purpose of the Student Crisis Fund is to assist students who experience an unanticipated emergency requiring immediate financial assistance when alternative sources of funding have been explored.

The Fund helps any currently enrolled student who has an unanticipated emergency, such as a death in the family, a severe injury, a diagnosis of a serious illness, an unforeseen financial difficulty, or a loss outside the student’s college experience that requires immediate financial assistance. That outreach, fueled by the spirit of the University's Marianist charism can take many forms - a plane ticket, a week's supply of groceries, a rental car, or a pair of crutches to mention a few.

Procedure to request funds

Do you need assistance because you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Emergency financial assistance is available to eligible students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The University of Dayton received $5.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education and will award at least $2.6 million of those funds as direct emergency assistance to students. Eligible undergraduate and graduate students can apply for CARES grant assistance to cover expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations from COVID-19. Expense categories include food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare. Students must meet Title IV (federal student aid) eligibility requirements to receive CARES funding. More information on eligibility for a CARES Emergency Assistance Grant is available on the FAQs webpage.

Students who complete this application will be considered for other sources of assistance from UD including the Student Crisis Fund and summer grants for enrolled students.

Please use the emergency assistance form to apply. 


While CARES grant money is available, please use the emergency assistance form above, rather than, the Student Crisis Fund Request.

When a student experiences hardship or an unforeseen financial difficulty and needs assistance to cover essential needs, the student may contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Development at 937-229-3497 and/or complete a Student Crisis Fund Request.

Students or other university personnel will be asked for basic information, to describe the circumstances of the need and what other sources of funds are available. The details of a student's circumstances will be kept confidential. 

The Student Crisis Fund Advisory Committee will consider each request and determine whether the Fund could be used for the circumstance. Decisions will be made as soon as possible depending on the urgency of the need.

The committee will: 

  • Review the application along with any supporting documentation;
  • Make a decision to accept, reject or suggest other resources to address the need;
  • If the request is accepted, determine an appropriate dollar amount; and
  • Provide details in writing to the applicant.

Do you need assistance because you have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic?

Emergency financial assistance is available to eligible students who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The University of Dayton received $5.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education and will award at least $2.6 million of those funds as direct emergency assistance to students. Eligible undergraduate and graduate students can apply for CARES grant assistance to cover expenses incurred due to the disruption of campus operations from COVID-19. Expense categories include food, housing, course materials, technology, healthcare and childcare. Students must meet Title IV (federal student aid) eligibility requirements to receive CARES funding. More information on eligibility for a CARES Emergency Assistance Grant is available on the FAQs webpage.

Students who complete this application will be considered for other sources of assistance from UD including the Student Crisis Fund and summer grants for enrolled students.

Please use the emergency assistance form to apply. 

Education is the gift that keeps on giving

Funds are made available through the generous donations of faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, family members, and friends of the University of Dayton. If you are interested in contributing to the fund, visit Student Development giving page.

Thank you for supporting our students.

CONTACT

Vice President of Student Development

Gosiger Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0951
937-229-3682