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Student Emergency Fund

Student Emergency Fund

Thanks to the Pokes Make the Difference fundraising last spring, the University of Wyoming continues to support students who may be experiencing hardship due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 virus.   

Applications for the Student Emergency Fund have been reopened.  The funds will remain open until exhausted.  The award amounts will generally range from $100 to $500 per student and will be only awarded once. 

Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Some funds may be considered income and are therefore subject to federal taxes.  If you are currently receiving financial aid, please be aware that receiving funding from the Emergency Fund may affect your future aid packages.



Types of Expenses Considered

Examples of expenses that may be considered for funding include:

  • Essential Utilities (power, gas, water, and internet)

  • Medication/prescription expenses

  • Medical expenses related to COVID-19

  • Books or school-related expenses (not technology)

  • Replacement of belongings lost in a fire, accident or natural disaster

  • Safety-related needs (e.g. lock change, emergency shelter)


Types of Expenses NOT Covered

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs

  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable)

  • Regularly anticipated fixed expenses (i.e. rent, car payments)

  • Parking tickets

  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses

  • Other anticipated expenses


Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be currently enrolled to apply and at the time of award distribution. Student Emergency Fund awards cannot be distributed after the last day of the semester or session.

  • Must provide documentation of short-term emergency needs (examples: a copy of medical bill, prescription need, utility bill) in order to be considered.

  • Students who have not previously received Emergency Fund assistance in Spring 2020 or have received CARES Act Funds will be given priority.  Requests from students who have already received support may not be fully funded or funded at all.

For technology support, please contact UW IT through a Help Ticket to discuss technology resource and support options.



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