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If you are a UVM staff or faculty member, needing to submit an emergency grant application on behalf of a student, please click here.

The UVM Emergency Grant Program provides one-time financial grants to assist currently enrolled degree-seeking UVM students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation or emergency.

Grant amounts vary based on each specific situation, and are generally not awarded for more than $500. These grants are intended as one-time, immediate assistance and, as gift aid, do not need to be repaid. These grants may need to be factored into the overall financial aid offer a student has received, where applicable.

This application is NOT intended for students seeking assistance to cover their standard UVM charges or to assist with on-going financial hardship. If you are having trouble covering your standard UVM costs (tuition, comprehensive fee, room, meal plan) or are facing an on-going financial hardship, please reach out to Student Financial Services to speak or meet with a counselor. Our SFS counselors will review your current financial aid offer, and determine any additional options that may be available to help.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. You should receive a decision on your request within two weeks of submission; applications requiring further clarification or documentation may take longer to review. The decision is final and will be sent to the email address you provide on the application. Funding is limited and not guaranteed.


  • Currently experiencing an unexpected event or emergency that has caused an immediate short-term financial hardship
  • Have a current FAFSA on file with UVM, unless not eligible to file due to international or other ineligible status
  • Have utilized, to the extent possible, all eligible and applicable financial aid sources, including any offered student loans
    • Please note that unwillingness to borrow loans does not constitute a financial hardship
  • Currently enrolled and active in a degree program at the University of Vermont
  • Enrolled at UVM for the term for which the funds are being requested
  • Pursuing an undergraduate, graduate or medical degree at UVM

Examples of eligible expense types:

These are examples of expenses that may be considered, but approval for a grant depends on the specific situation, and having an expense within one or more of these categories does not guarantee approval.

  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, flood, theft, or natural disaster
  • Emergency or temporary housing, assistance with rent or essential utilities
  • Unexpected additional expenses related to enrollment
  • Food and groceries (including personal care items)
  • Medications or costs related to emergency medical care (not covered by insurance)
  • Emergency transportation costs related to family death or illness
  • Safety related needs (i.e. changing a door lock)
  • Childcare
  • Other emergency situations that will impact a student's ability to fully participate and make academic progress

Examples of expense types that are NOT eligible:

  • Conduct fines, parking tickets, library fees
  • Tuition and comprehensive fees
  • On-campus room and meal plan expenses
  • Non-essential utilities, household or furniture costs
  • Non-essential travel/transportation costs
  • Costs associated with pet ownership/care


Applicants may be asked to supply documentation of the expenses for which they are seeking emergency grant funding. Requested documentation may include medical bills, essential utility bills, police reports or court records, receipts of invoices pertaining to the expenses, travel related documentation, etc. If documentation is requested after your application is submitted, review of your application will not proceed until the requested documentation is provided.


All grants, including the UVM Emergency Grant, must be factored into a student's overall financial aid offer. If awarding of the UVM Emergency Grant will result in a dollar-for-dollar reduction to other aid, the grant will not be awarded. In these cases, students will be informed of the outcome and of any alternative options for assistance.


If you are a staff member looking to submit this application on behalf of a student, please click here to submit the staff version of the application.