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The Student Emergency Fund provides limited, time-sensitive emergency funding for University of Tennessee, Knoxville students experiencing financial hardship. Applications can take two to three weeks for review and processing. 

The Student Emergency Fund is closed until July 1. All applications that were submitted prior to May 10th will be processed.

Funds may be utilized to cover expenses such as:  

  • Essential academic needs (e.g. books and supplies) 
  • Food 
  • Replacement of personal items 
  • Emergency housing needs (e.g. securing short-term housing, security deposits, assistance with utilities, etc.) 
  • One-time / non-recurring medical expenses 
  • Emergency expenses related to dependents (e.g. childcare)  

Example of Expenses Not Covered:

  • Tuition and fees
  • UT Housing and meal plans
  • Rent 
  • Health insurance
  • Study abroad costs
  • Non-essential utilities
  • Parking tickets
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel
  • Legal counsel and fees
  • Other non-essential expenses

Application Requirements

  • Students currently receiving financial aid should be aware that receiving funding from the Student Emergency Fund may affect their current aid-year financial aid packages. If the emergency funds will impact your financial aid, you will be personally contacted to discuss your options before any funds are awarded.  For information on the impact to your financial aid package, please contact at One Stop at 865-974-1111.
  • Each student receiving funds for the Emergency Funds is encouraged to meet with a representative from the Center for Financial Wellness. If approved for funds, more information will be included in the award letter. Students applying a second time may be required to meet with a representative from the Center for Financial Wellness before receiving their allocation. 

The Student Emergency Fund is closed until July 1. All applications that were submitted prior to May 10th will be processed.

Questions

Any questions regarding the Student Emergency Fund can be directed to:
Office of the Dean of Students
(865) 974-3179
dos@utk.edu