Student Assistance Fund



ECSU has a commitment to providing support and assistance to students in the pursuit of their academic degrees. The University and its supporters know that unforeseen circumstances may arise that hinder that progress.

The Student Assistance Fund committee reviews requests made by students to receive funds that may be available for those unforeseen circumstances.

While each fund has different requirements, the completion of this application is the first step. Your request may fall outside of the requirements for the Student Assistance Fund (SAF) which assists ECSU students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing. Should that be the case, you may be asked to provide additional information, and complete an additional step.

Currently enrolled students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources (credit card, payment plans, additional student aid, assistance from family/friends, other personal resources). This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid. If Student Assistance Funds are granted, they do not have to be repaid.

Possible Expenses Covered by the Student Assistance Fund (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Medications and other costs related to emergency medical care;
  • Books and other essential academic expenses;
  • Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock);
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings or temporary housing needs, due to fire, theft, natural disaster, or other unpreventable occurrences;
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family;
  • Food, toiletries, travel and storage fees in case of emergency evacuations; and
  • Extreme changes to anticipated fixed expenses. May include cell phone bills based on demonstrated need to access academic resources. (Determined at the discretion of the review committee.)


Expenses Not Covered (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs;
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable and streaming app subscriptions);
  • Household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft;
  • Parking tickets;
  • Costs for entertainment;
  • Recreation;
  • Non-emergency travel;
  • Other non-essential expenses;
  • Legal or bail bondsmen fees;
  • Other anticipated expenses.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incident. The expense must be unexpected, unforeseen, and the urgent nature unavoidable.

Applicants must be currently enrolled students.

All other resources, including emergency loans through Scholarships and Student Aid must have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.

Applicants must complete all questions in full and submit supporting documentation.

  • Students must not have received Student Assistance Funds within the current academic year or received an excess of $500 in support.
  • Students who are in need of emergency financial assistance may submit an application and supporting documentation to the Office of the Dean of Student.
  • Some emergency funds if approved, will be sent directly to the vendor or business entity. Students will need to provide direct pay information if requested


The Student Assistance Fund Committee, made up of staff members from the offices of Student Affairs, Financial Aid and Scholarships and University Advancement reviews the submitted applications and determines the appropriate funding amount.

Funds distributed do not generally exceed $500. The committee will review applications requesting in excess of $500 for unique and unusual circumstances of emergency financial need.

Applicants may be required to meet with a staff member in the Office Student Affairs to discuss their application.

Notice to Students Currently Receiving Financial Aid: Please be aware that receiving funding from the Student Assistance Fund may affect your future aid packages and funds received will be taxed as income.

For information on the application, please contact the of the Office of the Dean of Students at

The number of students who can be served by the Student Assistance Fund is subject to the availability of funds. The fund must be sustained by continual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University.