Student Emergency Fund

Thank you for your interest in the Emergency Grant, we have currently exhausted the available funds and are not accepting more applications at this time

Emergency Grant

The SDSU Emergency Grant provides limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship.

Award amounts generally range from $50 to $500 and are typically only awarded once per academic year. Applications are reviewed by a committee, and decisions are made on a case-by-case basis based on the student’s need and the availability of funds.  Generally, students are expected to exhaust all other financial aid options before receiving an Emergency Grant.

The SDSU Emergency Grant is not a loan and does not need to be repaid. If you are currently receiving financial aid, receiving emergency funds may affect your financial aid package.

Types of Expenses Considered:

  • Emergency medical and dental expenses
  • Food, transportation or housing expenses
  • Childcare costs
  • Replacement for belongings lost in a natural disaster or fire
  • Safety related costs (emergency shelter)
  • Travel costs related to illness or death in your immediate family or other emergency
  • Books and supplies needed for educational purposes

Expenses Not Covered:

The following is a non-exhaustive list of expenses that the Emergency Grant cannot be used to cover:

  • Tuition and Fee Charges
  • Study Abroad
  • Non-essential utilities (cable, credit card, cell phone)
  • Parking tickets and other fines
  • Car payments
  • Entertainment Costs

Eligibility Requirements

In order to qualify, students must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program at South Dakota State University.  Students must be able to document financial hardship and have exhausted all other financial aid resources.

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