Emergency Support

Badger students may face financial challenges and emergencies during their time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The resources below are intended to provide an overview of financial support options, as well as the limited emergency financial assistance opportunities available to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to an emergency.

Please explore the resources below whether you may be eligible to complete the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) or not.  If you are unsure if you are a financial aid eligible student, please review the federal eligibility  criteria.

Emergency Support Form

All form submissions will be reviewed beginning Monday, September 14th.

Find additional Basic Needs Resources

The Emergency Support Form is intended to provide support resources as well as limited emergency financial assistance to students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to an unexpected emergency. These expenses may include limited access to food, lack of housing, or an emergency medical situation. In most circumstances, the financial assistance will be provided by an institutional loan to eligible students. Funding is limited and financial assistance may not be available to fulfill each request. All form submissions should receive a response within 2 business days.

Emergency Support Options

To determine the best Emergency Support Option, first determine if you are eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

 

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Eligible to Complete a FAFSA

As a student who is eligible to complete a FAFSA, please follow the steps below to explore financial support from the institution.

STEP 1:  Complete the 2020-2021 Free Application or Student Aid (FAFSA)

  • Review the Applying page of our website to learn more about submitting the FAFSA.

STEP 2: Accept Financial Aid that has already been offered

  • Review Your Offer page of our website to better understand your offer as well as next steps.
  • Contact us via finaid@finaid.wisc.edu with any questions.

STEP 3: Submit an Emergency Support Request

  • Submitting an Emergency Support Form allows our office to review your current situation to determine if there are any financial support options.

STEP 4: Students may also Consider Submitting an Appeal/Special Circumstance

  • If your family has experience significant changes in income or have additional expenses that are not reflected on the FAFSA, you may be eligible for a professional judgement. A professional judgement all financial aid offices to adjust certain elements on the FAFSA to account for a special circumstance. Special circumstances are considered n a case-by-case basis.  Please review more on submitting a special circumstance here: https://financialaid.wisc.edu/applying/#SpecialCircumstance

STEP 5: Consider Additional Resources

  • Reference Resources to Navigate a Financial Emergency in the section below.
  • Reference the School/College Support options to see if you may be eligible for additional emergency financial support.

Not Eligible to Complete a FAFSA

As a student who is not eligible to complete the FAFSA, please follow the steps below to explore financial support from the institution. 

STEP 1: Consider the financial support options below:

STEP 2: Submit an Emergency Support Request

  • Submitting an Emergency Support Form allows our office to review your current situation to determine if there are any financial support options.

STEP 3: Consider Additional Financial Resources by School/College

  • Reference the School/College Support options to see if you may be eligible for additional emergency financial support.

STEP 4: Consider Additional Resources

  • Reference Resources to Navigate a Financial Emergency in the section below.

Resources to Navigate a Financial Emergency

Dean of Students Office:

The Dean of Students Office has resources to help connect students with campus resources and support, as well as the place to report incidents like hate and bias, sexual assault, and hazing. Crisis Loans are also available when unexpected life events or circumstances take place that cause financial hardship in a student’s life. Connect with the Dean of Students Office by phone, email or live chat.

Success Services:

The Office of Student Financial Aid offers resources through Success Services to support a student’s experience on campus.  Basic Needs Support including 1:1 support to help navigate Basic Needs resources are available to students by connecting with a Basic Needs Assistant. Students can also request a Success Coach for 1:1 support to help students navigate their Wisconsin Experience as well as a Be Engaged Workshop series to build and fine-tune skills.

University Health Services:

University Health Services is committed to supporting students as we all are navigating these unprecedented times.  Many of the UHS services are available remotely including SilverCloud, an online, self-guided, interactive mental health resource that provides students with accessible cognitive behavioral interventions 24 hours a day.

Connect with a Financial Aid Advisor:

The Office of Student Financial Aid has a team of advisors here to support students in navigating the financial aid process as well as challenging financial situations. Appointments can be made through StarFish or via email at support@finaid.wisc.edu.

Wisconsin Scholarship Hub:

The Wisconsin Scholarship Hub features a wide variety of scholarships available to UW-Madison students.  Learn more about applying for scholarships here.

Student Employment:

Student Jobs provide not only an opportunity to support financial needs, but also to build important skills and gain valuable connections. Explore student employment opportunities both on and off campus within the Student Jobs website.

School/College Emergency Support

School of Education Bridge to Success Scholarship

The Bridge to Success Academic Year Scholarship is now closed. Please contact soeacademicservices@education.wisc.edu if you have any questions.

Wisconsin School of Business Together Forward Scholarship

The Wisconsin School of Business Together Forward Scholarship is available as long as funds remain available. Email wisconsinbba@wsb.wisc.edu for additional information or questions.

College of Engineering

The College of Engineering offers short term loans to students who are in need of emergency funding. Email engracademicdean@engr.wisc.edu for additional information.

College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

The College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Office of Academic Affairs offers short term loans to students who are in need of emergency funding.  Email deanoncall@cals.wisc.edu for additional information.

Law School

The Law School provides short term loans for students in need of emergency financial assistance. Law students should contact the Law School Director for Scholarship Administration & Recruitment at lori.hickman@wisc.edu.

School of Human Ecology

The School of Human Ecology may provide one-time emergency grants to students with financial need. Email Assistant Dean Patrick Jackson, Patrick.Jackson@wisc.edu for additional information.