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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 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

When a student experiences hardship or an unforeseen financial difficulty and needs assistance to cover essential needs, they can submit a Student Crisis Fund Request. The fund does not provide tuition support. For tuition needs, email 

For essential items for the semester (i.e., computer, books, lab materials, etc.), complete the Student Assistance Request Form.

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 advisory committee will: 

  • Review the application along with any supporting documentation;
  • Decide 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.

CARES Act - Student Emergency Assistance Funding

The University of Dayton received $2.6 million from the U.S. Department of Education to award directly to students who experienced expenses due to the disruption of campus operations because of Covid-19. This funding has been exhausted, and any applicant who applied by 4:00 p.m. on September 8, 2020, and met eligibility requirements at the time was awarded assistance. Additional details about the awarding of this assistance are available here.

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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.

Last updated Feb. 1, 2021; page will be updated as needed.


Vice President of Student Development

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300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0951