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Student Emergency Fund

CRISES/EMERGENCIES

If you are dealing with a crisis that needs immediate response, contact Campus Safety (303-871-3000).

STUDENT EMERGENCY FUND

SEF LogoThe Student Emergency Fund (SEF) provides limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled University of Denver students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation. The fund is designated to off-set a short-term financial need and is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid. Funds are awarded as a grant, and unlike a loan, do not need to be repaid. Funds may count as income and may be subject to federal and/or state taxes.

TYPES OF EXPENSES THAT MAY BE COVERED

The following includes typical expenses that may be covered by the SEF. This list is not exhaustive:

  • 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 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 DU

TYPES OF EXPENSES THAT ARE NOT COVERED

The following includes examples of items that will not be covered by the SEF. This list is not exhaustive.

  • Penalties, fines, tickets, legal fees, or jail bonds
  • Lost IDs or meal cards
  • Normal and anticipated academic expenses (tuition, fees, health insurance, books, rent)
  • Non-essential utilities, household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
  • Replacement of non-essential personal items due to fire, flood, theft or natural disaster

ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES (all of the following must apply)

  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled student at the University of Denver
  • Applicant must have financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other critical incident
  • Applicant must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship
  • Other possible resources have been considered and are either unavailable or insufficient
  • Priority will be given to students who have not applied for SEF resources within the past year

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Students must submit an application via the linked form (and related documentation) to the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. A committee will review the application and determine the funding amount. If approved, students will be notified of the amount and the money will be distributed. Award amounts may range from $50-$500 per student. Students receiving assistance from this fund must submit receipts within 10 days. Failure to do so could prohibit use of this fund in the future.

PLEASE REFER AGAIN TO THE LISTS OF EXPENSES (ABOVE) THAT MAY, AND MAY NOT, BE COVERED. AND, PLEASE, GIVE SUFFICIENT DETAIL AS TO THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND NEED.  (I.e., "I've been going through a rough time, and need some money" won't suffice.)

[Note: The SEF committee includes the University Chaplain, members of the Student Foundation, representatives of the Financial Aid Office, faculty and staff. Only the Financial Aid Office and the Chaplain will see any information identifying the applicant.]

APPLY FOR AN EMERGENCY FUND

CHECK ON THE STATUS OF AN EMERGENCY FUND APPLICATION

GIVING TO THE FUND

The number of students who can be served by the fund is subject to available resources. The fund must be sustained by contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University. To donate to the fund,

  • Visit www.du.edu/give
  • Click on "Give Now" button in the upper right hand corner
  • Under Designations, select "Click Here for More Options"
  • Under current initiatives, select "Student Emergency Fund" or type "Student Emergency Fund" into the search bar
  • Make a donation of any amount to support the SEF

QUESTIONS

For additional information about the fund, contact the University Chaplain, the Rev. Gary Brower at 303-871-4488.