Student Emergency Fund

Binghamton University Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund grant is an award of financial assistance for currently enrolled Binghamton University students experiencing a financial need that is impacting their ability to progress academically and is affecting their overall well-being and/or safety.

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 funding when their need is beyond their personal or financial ability to reconcile. Students will meet with a case manager to better understand the emergency fund process, further explore resources and find sustainable solutions.

The fund is made possible by generous Binghamton Fund donors and is intended to provide short-term relief for students experiencing financial hardship. Emergency fund amounts vary based on individual needs, and in most cases, the amount does not exceed $500. 

Students cannot apply for the emergency fund more than two times or be granted more than a thousand dollars within 12 months. Additional requests due to extraordinary circumstances can be reviewed at the committee's discretion.

Examples of potential expenses

  • 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 unforeseen circumstances that impact the student’s well-being and/or safety
  • Travel costs related to death or illness in the immediate family
  • Travel costs related to student’s overall well-being or safety
  • Under special circumstances housing costs may be covered


Funds should not be used to cover the costs of penalties (internal or external), e.g., laboratory breakage fees, library fines, parking tickets, legal fees or jail bond. Generally funds should not be used for anticipated academic expenses such as books, tuition, student fees.


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

  • Student applications will be reviewed and funding approval is based on available funds, student’s needs and available options. 

  • All students who apply for the emergency fund have access to case management services. Case managers can provide students support through the process, to explore available resources and to find sustainable solutions.  


Resources to explore and consider

United Way 211

Binghamton Support Network
Binghamton University Food Pantry

Broome County food pantries and soup kitchens:

Broome County Department of Social Services

Broome County WIC Program

Broome County SNAP Benefits

American Civic Association

Catholic Charities of Broome County

Lourdes HOPE Dispensary (medication)
Mother, Babies and Parintel Network

Crime Victims Assistance Center (CVAC)

Fleishman Center HIREBING (Employment Opportunities)