The LTU Student Emergency Fund was established in 2018 as part of the Student Philanthropy Council’s Senior Class Gift effort. Emergency funding is designed to provide temporary, short-term, financial assistance to students who are managing demanding academic requirements while struggling with debilitating financial circumstances.

Provided in the form of one-time awards, emergency funding is not intended to provide ongoing relief for tuition-related or recurring expenses, and these awards are not loans that students are expected to repay. The value of the award will range in response to funds available and the needs of the student(s) selected but will not typically exceed $1,000.

Eligible expenses may include but are not limited to:

  • Medications and other costs related to medical care
  • Books and other essential academic expenses
  • Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)
  • Assistance with replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family

Expenses NOT covered by the fund:

  • Tuition, educational fees, or study abroad
  • Non-essential household or personal need
  • Fines or tickets
  • Expenses resulting from poor money management


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Information and application for students in need

Financial Aid

Awards from the Student Emergency Fund may impact the amount of aid that a student may receive from other sources. Those who are seeking temporary emergency funding are encouraged to consult with the Office of Financial Aid, their academic college, or other providers of financial resources prior to accepting an award to determine its impact, if any, on their aid package.

Eligibility and Application
All students currently enrolled full-time may apply, provided they meet the following criteria:

  • Demonstrate financial hardship due to emergency, accident, illness, or other unforeseen event
  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree-seeking program
  • Have exhausted alternative funding options for assistance. These may include emergency loans through academic departments, student aid, or other university sources

Eligible applications will be reviewed by a small committee of staff members representing the offices of Financial Aid, Student Affairs, and University Advancement. Students may be asked to meet with this committee to discuss their circumstances and if applicable, to provide supporting documentation. 

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