Emergency Fund Application

The purpose of the Student Emergency Fund is to provide assistance to Willamette students in emergency situations. It is intended to assist students during times of crisis by providing financial support where a clear need exists. This fund supports students whose hardship is impacting their program attendance and functionality and is to be used after all other financial resources have been exhausted.

Administration of the Fund

The Student Emergency Fund is administered by the Office of Student Affairs. All requests must be submitted in writing (by the student or the involved faculty/staff member) and approved by the Office of Student Affairs before any funds are released. In addition, depending on the nature of the need, the assistance may be offered in the form of gift cards, direct payment for a good or service, and/or receipts must be provided to ensure that funds are used for the designated purpose(s). Emergency fund payments may be taxable to the recipient under state and federal income tax laws. Please consult your tax advisor.

It is expected that the student needing financial assistance will have first exhausted their immediate support network (i.e., family, friends, financial aid). This will ensure the availability of funds for a greater number of students who lack the financial resources to cover unexpected emergency expenses.

Request Parameters

The maximum amount of money that can be requested from the Student Emergency Fund is $500.00 per student except in exceptional circumstances as approved by the Office of Student Affairs. Funds can be accessed for, but are not limited to the following reasons:

  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, flood, theft, or natural disaster
  • Emergency or temporary housing assistance
  • Medications or costs related to emergency medical care (not covered by insurance)
  • Assistance with food, rent or utilities due to an emergency situation
  • Emergency transportation costs related to a family death or illness
  • Safety-related needs (i.e. changing a lock)
  • Other emergency situation that will impact a student's ability to fully participate in their academic career at WU

Following are some examples of circumstances that would generally not constitute an emergency activating the Emergency Request Fund:

  • Money to pay for school bill, books, or supplies (See Textbook Assistance Fund)
  • Circumstances where funds are readily available through a student’s immediate support network (family and friends)

Request Process

Requests for financial assistance can be submitted on behalf of a needy student by another student, faculty member, staff member, parent, friend, or relative. The request should be made in writing using the “Emergency Fund Request” form available online or in the Office of Student Affairs on the third floor of the University Center. Final approval of both the request and the amount of money requested lies with the VP of Student Affairs or their designee.

Once the forms are complete, please return them to emergency-fund-applications@willamette.edu or in-person to the Office of Student Affairs, UC 340, 503-370-6447

Are you seeking funds for yourself or for another person? is required.
Student Information
  • If you are filing this request for yourself, put your information in the fields below.
  • If you are filing this request on behalf of someone else, provide their information below.
  • If you are seeking support for someone else, please be aware that we will be reaching out to them to confirm their eligibility and interest in receiving support.
Student Name is required.
Student School is required.
Student Background
Has the student accepted all available student loans? is required.
Has the student received funds from the Emergency Fund before? is required.
Please describe the student's current emergency situation: is required.
Explain how the Student Emergency Fund can help: is required.
Please describe the student's efforts to obtain assistance for these unexpected expenses through other sources (family, friends, campus/community organizations, etc.): is required.
Agreement Confirmation

By submitting this application, you agree to the following conditions: 

  1. I have read the Student Emergency Fund Guidelines and believe this request meets the guidelines.
  2. I understand that the Financial Aid Office will confirm financial need.
Signature is required.

By electronically signing and submitting this application, you agree to the statements above.

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