Student Emergency Fund

The Binghamton University Student Emergency Fund grant is an award of financial assistance for currently enrolled Binghamton University students experiencing unusual and unforeseen circumstances that have caused financial demands, immediately threaten one’s academic progress and success (i.e. fire, flood, car accident), 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 explored and exhausted all other resources, including but not limited to: personal credit, payment plans, additional student aid, community resources, personal or student loans, assistance from family and friends or other personal resources. This funding can not be used  to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid by the student or on their behalf.

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.

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, natural disaster or similar unforeseen circumstances
  • Travel costs related to death or illness in the immediate family

Fund restrictions

  • 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 unusual circumstances (i.e. fire, flood).

Resources to explore

Application request for funds

Options for students to explore

Computer Binghamton University Property Removal Authorization
Credit card debt Check with the lending institution to see if they will set up a more affordable payment plan.
  • Find your local food bank
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
  • Binghamton University Food Pantry (hours and days of availbility vary — see website)
  • Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens
  • Catholic Charities
    • 100 Main Street Pantry and Community Empowerment Center:
      • Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9–11:30 a.m. and 1–3:30 p.m.
      • Tuesday: 1–3:30 p.m.
    • Mother Theresa’s Cupboard 202 Garfield Avenue Endicott
      • Monday, Wednesday and Friday: 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
    • Our pantries do not require referrals and anyone in Broome County may use either one during the COVID-19 crisis. During this crisis we will allow friends, family members, neighbors, etc. to pick up for loved ones who cannot leave their homes safely due to age, disability or medical reasons (both pantries). Our pantries will also offer diapers, adult diapers, feminine care products and infant formula as available to those in need.
Medication Lourdes HOPE Dispensary
Money to replace parents' income Some families may qualify for Unemployment benefits, including self-employed individuals.
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No health insurance

Check with the utility company to see if they can set up a more affordable payment plan.

Household needs
  • COVID-19 Leave No One Behind Fund
    This fund is intended to respond to unanticipated, unmet basic needs such as food, shelter, clothing, household supplies, personal care items, medical supplies or services and other items that are vital to maintaining households during the current COVID-19 crisis. DUE TO THE STATE MORATORIUM ON RENT AND UTILITIES THESE CONCERNS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AT THIS TIME (this may change in the future). Call Mary Whitcombe at 607-584-7800.
  • Catholic Charities Emergency Financial Assistance Fund
    Remains operational to handle non COVID-19 emergency issues. Call Mary Whitcombe at 607-584-7800.
Lease/rental agreement

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In order to maintain social distancing, fill out and submit the form below.

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.


If you need help completing the application below, email our case managers at

Have you ever been awarded funding through an emergency fund in the past?
if you checked yes above, please be aware that you do not meet eligibility criteria at this time.
Contact Information
Requested Fund Information
Please know that most awards are for $500 or less. Any amount about 600.00 you must complete a W9 form. For this form to be complete you must have a social security number or a ITIN number.
Please describe the unusual and unforeseen events that have caused financial demands, and immediately threaten your academic progress and success (i.e. fire, flood, car accident)?
What other resources have you explored?
Check any that you have used.
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