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Ohio State Emergency Fund. Your Student Life for the week of 10/27/19 (Undergrad)

  • Kim Pachell Kim Pachell

We all get hit with unexpected bills from time to time; however, they should not keep you from staying in school. In the Student Life Student Advocacy Center, we offer the Student Emergency Fund, up to $1,000, to help eligible students pay for unforeseen emergency expenses that put them at risk of dropping out of college.

This program is a key component of the university’s commitment to Access, Affordability, and Excellence. We strive to quickly disburse funds for rent, utilities, transportation, medical, childcare and other costs.  We are committed to helping you stay on track for graduation.

Eligible applicants must be:

·         domestic undergraduate students, preference given to Rank 3 and 4

·         in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA at 2.0 or above

·         currently enrolled on the Columbus campus

You can only receive funding once during the year in which you apply and you must be currently enrolled in coursework when completing the application. There is no minimum credit hour requirement. Applicants must also have a FASFA on file for the current academic year.

Students are encouraged to begin the application process by scheduling a meeting with a staff member at the Student Life Student Advocacy Center or you can apply at The applicant will be asked to provide documentation of the financial emergency.  We will review each application and all supporting documentation to determine eligibility. If qualified, the university will work diligently to process third-party payments as quickly as possible. Funds cannot be disbursed directly to the student or paid to the university.

To help prevent financial emergencies in the future, Ohio State is committed to providing students with the opportunity for free financial coaching from Scarlet and Gray Financial at the Student Life Student Wellness Center. All recipients of the Student Emergency Fund are expected to attend training once the immediate emergency is resolved.  We will also identify additional resources to help ensure a healthier financial future.

If you do not meet the criteria above, you are still encouraged to contact the Student Life Student Advocacy Center because we may be able to find other resources.  Unexpected expenses should not stand in the way of any student’s education.

For more information on the Student Emergency Fund or for other options, please visit our website at, or contact us by e-mail at or by phone (614) 292-1111.


Kimberly Pachell

Director, Student Life Student Advocacy Center
Office of Student Life











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