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Mastodon Emergency Fund

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We have seen a great response to the opportunity to apply for emergency funds. The application is closed for now.

If you would like to speak to someone about your immediate needs, please contact Jamie Glanton Costello, Dean of Students at

Minor financial issues may affect a student’s ability to continue their education.  To support students, the college has established the Mastodon Emergency Fund to cover emergencies and other unexpected issues.

These funds are intended to be used for unexpected financial hardships such as medical bills, food, one-time rental assistance or car repair. In addition, these funds may  be used to purchase supplies needed for projects. The grants do not have to be repaid but funds are limited.

Students applying for the Mastodon Emergency Fund must be currently enrolled in classes.

Application Process

  • All students are eligible to apply for emergency funds.
  • Students submit a complete Mastodon Emergency Fund Application along with any relevant documents here .
  • Applications are reviewed by the Mastodon Emergency Fund Committee. A typical review will take 1-2 weeks unless the situation requires immediate resolution..
  • In addition to reviewing the application and any relevant documents submitted by the student, the committee reviews financial aid information (does the student have unmet need as established by FAFSA), and the Bursar's bill (does the student have an unpaid balance and/or has the student recently received a refund from the university).
  • Students are notified via email about the status of their request
  • Please note that a college staff member may follow up with you directly.

Some of the reasons requests are denied include but are not limited to: 

  • Incomplete Application
  • The student is at the maximum financial aid allotted for the academic year.
  • Application does not clearly explain how the grant will resolve the described financial emergency or based on the information provided there does not seem to be a clear financial emergency.
  • A student applicant lacks necessary supporting documentation
  • The student is not an active undergraduate or graduate student according to enrollment information
Method for Receiving Emergency Funds

Disbursement is dependent on the type of assistance and source of funds.