Student Emergency Fund

Due to an increase in volume, it is taking longer than usual to review and process emergency funding requests. Our team is working as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience. If you have an individual question, please email


Hosted out of the Dean of Students Office, the Student Emergency Fund is available to support the persistence of our students to graduation. Student Emergency Funds provide one-time micro-grants to students experiencing an unanticipated financial need. 

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Qualifying Circumstances

Students are welcome to apply for one Student Emergency Fund request in a given academic year.  Students must be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate classes at the time of the request. Priority will be granted to students who may be at risk of dropping out of Bellarmine due to unexpected expenses. The number of students who can be served by the Student Emergency Fund is subject to the availability of funds. 

Applicants should be prepared to show financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unplanned event. Applicants must complete all application questions and submit supporting documentation if requested.

Examples of Qualifying Events (generally covered but not limited to):

  • Medications and other costs related to medical care
  • Books and other essential academic expenses
  • Safety needs (i.e. changing lock)
  • Assistance with the replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, natural disaster, or domestic violence situation
  • Assistance with rent, utilities, food and other essential household expenses
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family

Expenses generally not covered by funds:

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, study abroad costs
  • Non-essential utilities
  • Parking tickets or other fines
  • Entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel
  • Expenses that could be anticipated


Students will submit a request for funding based on their level of need, there is no maximum amount a student may request. 

Upon receipt of a request for funds, the Financial Aid Office representative would be the first to review the request, ensuring that receipt of the funds would not jeopardize a student’s financial aid status. Members of the committee would then review the request to establish that the need meets a qualifying circumstance. Review of the request will take place within 5 business days of the request. 

If accepted, the student will meet with a representative from the Dean of Students Office to receive the funding and discuss additional options for support and resources.

**Information regarding student applicants will remain private to members of the review committee.**

The fund is made possible through the generous support of the Bellarmine Women’s Council, Knights Helping Knights campaign, Bellarmine Alumni Association and individual donors.