Emergency Support

Badgers may face financial emergencies during their time at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  The resources below provide an overview of emergency financial support options. If you are currently enrolled and are experiencing current emergency circumstances that are preventing you from meeting immediate and essential expenses, then there may be financial assistance available to support. Essential expenses may include limited access to food, lack of housing, or an emergency medical situation.  Funding is limited and financial assistance may not be available to fulfill each request.

The General Emergency Support Form will become available via your MyUW Student Center on the morning of Thursday, May 21st.

The General Emergency Support Form will be temporarily unavailable starting on the afternoon of Friday, May 7th through the morning of Thursday May 21st. If you experience a financial crisis prior to 5/21/21 please contact us during business hours: finaid@finaid.wisc.edu or 608-262-3060.

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Emergency Financial Support

While resources are limited, there may be a variety of options available to provide some assistance if you are currently experiencing a financial crisis.

  • Beginning May 21st for the Summer Term, submit an Emergency Support Request via your MyUW Student Center to be considered for emergency support options, including limited grant funding and loans.  Prior to submitting a request review the Chart your Success section to to ensure you’ve considered all options.
  • Consider School/College Emergency Support below to see if your School or College has additional funding available to support.
  • Consider additional support to help navigate a financial emergency, such as Basic Needs support, employment, mental health support, financial aid advising, and the Dean of Students Office.

Submit Emergency Support Request

All currently enrolled students will be able to submit a request for support on May 21st. To access the Emergency Support form, follow these steps:

  • Go to your MyUW Student Center
  • Select the ‘Student eForms’ Tile
  • Select the ‘Financial Aid Folder’
  • Complete the ‘Emergency Support’ Form

Contact finaid@finaid.wisc.edu with any questions or for assistance in completing the form. 

To help figure out the best Emergency Support Option for you, first find out if you are eligible to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). All students who are currently enrolled are encouraged to consider the support options below if you are experiencing a financial emergency. 

 

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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 Financial Resources by School/College

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

STEP 6: Consider Additional Support Options

  • Reference Additional Support Options to get connected to a Financial Aid Advisor, the Dean of Students Office, Mental Health Support, as well as Basic Needs Assistance.

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 find are any financial support options available.

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 Support Options

  • Reference Additional Support Options to get connected to a Financial Aid Advisor, the Dean of Students Office, Mental Health Support, as well as Basic Needs Assistance.

School/College Emergency Support

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College of Agricultural & Life Sciences

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 and support.

Wisconsin School of Business

Wisconsin School of Business Together Forward Scholarship

Due to the volume of requests the Together Forward Scholarship is now closed.  Email wisconsinbba@wsb.wisc.edu for additional information or support.

Dean of Students

The Dean of Students Office has a variety of ways to support including the Dean of Students Crisis Loan, housing resources, community support, and the ability to work with faculty to advocate with you during your financial emergency. Reach out to dean@studentlife.wisc.edu to get connected for support.

School of Education

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 or would like additional assistance from the School of Education.

College of Engineering

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 and support.

School of Human Ecology

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 and support.

Wisconsin Law School

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 for support.

School of Medicine and Public Health

The School of Medicine and Public Health has grant options available to support your financial crisis. To get connected, contact Brian Nunez, Director of Career Advising and Student Wellness at bnunez@wisc.edu.

School of Nursing

School of Nursing

The School of Nursing has emergency funding available thanks to the generous gifts of donors. This funding is intended to support School of Nursing students who may be experiencing a financial crisis. To be considered for support, please complete an Emergency Support Request and a representative from the Office of Student Financial Aid will follow-up with potential next steps.

Additional Support Options

We encourage you to schedule some time with one of our Financial Aid Advisors who are ready to continue the conversation with you.  Our advisors can talk with you about additional funding options, discuss special circumstance appeals, and can share financial wellness resources and strategies with you. Appointments can be made through StarFish or via email at finaid@finaid.wisc.edu.

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.

Basic Needs Support including 1:1 support to help navigate Basic Needs resources are available to students by connecting with a Basic Needs Assistant. The Office of Student Financial Aid also offers additional resources through Success Services to help support your experience on campus.

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.

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

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.