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The Student Emergency Fund provides limited, time-sensitive emergency funding for University of Tennessee, Knoxville students experiencing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) Funds are provided from either the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act or from private donations.

Funds may be utilized to cover expenses such as:

  • Essential academic needs (e.g books, supplies, laptops, hotspots)
  • 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)

Student Eligibility

    • Students enrolled in the current semester as an undergraduate or graduate part-time or full-time student (or have pre-registered if between semesters) are eligible for the Student Emergency Fund. For CARES Act consideration, the student must have been enrolled in the Spring 2020 term.
    • Students graduating in spring or summer 2020 are eligible. Spring 2020 graduates must submit their applications by June 1, 2020.
    • Students must demonstrate financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 as outlined on the application.
    • 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.
    • It is recommended that students receiving funds meet with a representative from the Center for Financial Wellness. If approved for funds, more information will be included in the award letter.


Complete the Student Emergency Fund application.

Frequently Asked Questions

Students must be enrolled in the current semester as a part-time or full-time student (or have pre-registered if between semesters). For example, a student who enrolled during the spring 2020 term and has registered for fall 2020 classes but is not taking summer 2020 courses would be eligible to apply. For CARES Act consideration, the student must have been enrolled in the Spring 2020 term and meet the Title IV eligibility standards for CARES. Students must demonstrate financial hardship as a result of COVID-19. Students graduating in spring or summer 2020 are eligible.

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

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.

No, however, it is recommended that students receiving funds for the Emergency Funds meet with a Center for Financial Wellness coach. If you are approved for funds, more information will be included in your award letter.