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Graduate Student Emergency Grants

Emergency grants of up to $500.00 may be available to graduate students to help relieve acute, unexpected problems that are of a short-term nature. Emergency grants are extremely limited and may not always be available. Applicants for this award must therefore first determine if their needs can be met through an Emergency Loan, available from the Office of Student Financial Aid or assistance from the Office of International Student and Scholar Services (international students only).
The applicant must be a registered graduate degree-seeking student from the Urbana-Champaign campus who is considered by his/her department to have full-time status. The Graduate College will take into account both financial need and the applicant’s efforts to resolve the problem.
NOTE: Emergency grants are funded by the Student Equal Access to Learning (SEAL) Fund and are only available to students who have been assessed that fee in the term in which the request is made.  No student will be awarded more than one emergency grant per 12-month period.
Completed applications, including all supporting materials, should be scanned and emailed to Dr. Ken Vickery, Director of Fellowships, at It may also be necessary to schedule an interview should additional information be necessary.