The Binghamton University Student Emergency Grant is an award of financial assistance for currently enrolled Binghamton University students experiencing unusual and unforeseen financial demands that immediately threaten one’s academic progress and success, and for which there is no other source of reasonable remedy for the student.
Emergency grants are awarded on a case-by-case basis and are not intended to provide relief to a student’s recurring expenses. The awards are not loans and are not expected to be paid back.
Students should apply for consideration for funding when they have exhausted all other resources, including but not limited to: personal credit, payment plans, additional student aid, assistance from family and friends or other personal resources. This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid or supplement existing financial aid.
The fund is made possible by generous Binghamton Fund donors and is intended to provide one-time, short-term relief for students experiencing immediate financial hardship. The amount of the award is in relation to individual needs, and in most cases does not exceed $500.
The student is a currently matriculated student at Binghamton University and taking classes on site; however, during this COVID-19 response, students engaged in online learning may apply. The nature of the emergency will be detailed in the application and a consultation with a case manager or member of the dean of students (DOS) staff may be required.
Possible expenses covered by Binghamton Emergency Fund
- Medications and other costs related to emergency medical care not otherwise covered by insurance
- Replacement of essential personal items or temporary housing needs due to fire, theft, natural disaster or similar unforeseen circumstances
- Travel costs related to death or illness in the immediate family
- Emergency needs related to personal safety
- Aiding in educationally related expenses occasioned by Binghamton’s transition to online classes
- Assisting in covering unmet financial obligations due to loss of employment (e.g., rent)
- Travel expenses
- The fund should not be used to cover the costs of penalties (internal or external), e.g., laboratory breakage fees, lost ID or meal cards, library fines, legal fees or jail bond.
- Meal charges, including board during school breaks or winter term, cannot be covered by these funds. If you are currently experiencing food insecurity, see a case manager about accessing the Food Pantry or about available off-campus resources.
- The fund should not be used for normal and anticipated academic expenses (books, tuition, student fees) that are standard considerations for financial assistance through the Office of Financial Aid.
- The fund may not be used for foreseeable housing expenses, such as rent or utilities, except in extraordinary circumstances.
During the COVID-19 response, eligibility guidelines and fund restrictions may be adjusted and each student’s request will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
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A review committee will review applications and may consult with the Office of Financial Aid prior to submitting the application packet to the fund administrator. The fund administrator may consult with the dean of students or designee prior to final decision.
Students will be notified of the outcome of their request by email and arrangements will be made for funds disbursement, usually by check. Be advised that it may take up to five business days to process funds. During the COVID-19 response every effort will be made to have checks available within five business days, however, in some cases processing may require up to 10 days.
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