Emergency Support

Badger students may face financial emergencies during their time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison which present unique challenges. While each situation is unique, we are here to assist as best we can. Any student experiencing a financial emergency should complete the quick form to receive assistance.

Emergency Support is intended to provide 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. All form submissions should receive a response within 2 business days.

Emergency Support Form


Find additional Basic Needs Resources in the Madison area and beyond. 

COVID19 Emergency Assistance

We recognize the COVID19 pandemic continues to create many challenges which significantly impact the financial situations of our Badger community. While we were able to extend immediate COVID19 Emergency Support during the Spring 20 Term, unfortunately we do not have additional funding available to support COVID19 specific financial distress through future academic terms. For more information on campus resources available during the COVID19 pandemic, please visit: covid19.wisc.edu/for-students/


Basic Needs Resources

In addition to these Basic Needs Resources, The Office of Student Financial Aid also has dedicated Basic Needs Assistants here to help students in gaining access to food, housing, and insurance to promote overall wellness while attending UW-Madison. For more information, and to get connected, visit: financialaid.wisc.edu/success/#basic-needs-support

If you need resources in a different area, the United Way 211 will provide information based on your zip code. You can also call 211 and will be given information for the nearest emergency food provider.

Connect with a Financial Aid Advisor

We have 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: advising.wisc.edu/facstaff/starfish/starfish-student-resources/

Financial Aid Special Circumstances

Financial Aid applicants can appeal Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). This is known as a Special Circumstances and these are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Learn more information on Special Circumstances here: financialaid.wisc.edu/applying/#SpecialCircumstance