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Student Assistance Fund. Your Student Life for the week of 10/27/19 (Grad-Prof)

  • 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. The Student Life Student Advocacy Center offers the Margaret Herlan Busch Student Assistance Fund to help offset unforeseen emergency expenses.  This program is just one of the many components of the university’s commitment to Access, Affordability, and Excellence.

All students who have a completed FASA on file, including graduate and professional students, will be considered. You are encouraged to meet with a staff member at the Student Life Student Advocacy Center to discuss your needs. You will be asked to provide documentation of the financial emergency. 

We will review each application and all supporting documentation to determine eligibility. We will also identify additional resources to help ensure a healthier financial future. If qualified, the university will work diligently to process third-party payments as quickly as possible. Please note that the funds cannot be disbursed directly to the student.

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 Margaret Herlan Busch Student Assistance Fund are encouraged to attend training once the immediate emergency is resolved. 

Unexpected expenses should not stand in the way of any student’s education. For more information please 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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