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Emergency Funds


There may be unexpected financial burdens that arise, and to help offset those costs there are efforts to  to assist undergraduate and graduate students who are facing significant financial difficulties that jeopardize their path to graduation. Please do not hesitate to contact any of the resources listed, if you need assistance. Visit the Division of Student Affairs to look at all the various servicing departments that best fit your need for a broader sense of resources.

(Open to ALL Students, Grad and Undergrad, Including but not limited to Undocumented Students, International Students, etc.)

The UCSB Financial Crisis Response Team (FCRT) exists to assist students who are facing a financial crisis or urgent financial need. Financial Aid advisors work closely to evaluate, respond, and support students in crisis in a streamlined and timely manner.  If you are experiencing a financial or housing crisis, please email the Financial Crisis Response Team at financialcrisis@sa.ucsb.edu  and an advisor will attempt to respond within 1-2 business days. 

Short Term Emergency Loans


The Short Term Emergency Loan Program allows students to receive an advancement of their pending Financial Aid for the current quarter due to an emergency expense. To apply, one must visit the office, and one can apply for a maximum of $1,000. Once processed, the loan will be issued as a paper check that you must pick up from the BARC Office between 3 PM - 4 PM on the following business day after you apply for the loan.

Associated Students Emergency Loan 

Associated Students offers an interest free loan in amount of either $200, $400 or $600 for an academic quarter to any enrolled students. There is a processing fee of $5 and a $10 processing/assessment fee by BARC billing. The student must repay the loan within 30 days.

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION LOANS (Undergraduate Students Only)

The Alumni Association provides $100 in emergency loan monies with a $1 handling fee, which must be repaid in 30 days to undergraduate students only (undocumented AB540 students are eligible) who are experiencing a financial emergency. Students can download an application at here and deliver it in person to the UCSB Alumni Association office in the Mosher Alumni House, located off of Mesa Road and near Campbell Hall. Applications not submitted in person will not be considered. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (805) 893-3767.


The Alumni Association provides $250 in emergency loan monies, with varying repayment terms to Graduate students only (undocumented AB540 students are eligible) who are experiencing a financial emergency. The student must submit an application form with valid photo ID. Visit the UCSB Alumni Association office in the Mosher Alumni House, located off of Mesa Road and near Campbell Hall. Applications not submitted in person will not be considered. To verify availability of funding or to schedule an appointment, call (805) 893-3767.

Emergency Grants (General)


AS/EOP Grants (EOP members only) 

The AS/EOP funds are to be used to meet unusual educationally-related expenses that are incurred by regularly enrolled student members of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP).To apply students need to make an appointment to see a counselor in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Areas covered by the grant include medical/dental/optical, graduate program testing fees, graduate program/professional program application fees, graduate preparatory exam fees, textbook and supplies, academic/research conferences and academic memberships, and emergency grants. If eligible for the grant, students will complete the application during the meeting with the EOP counselor. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (805) 893-4758, stopping by the EOP front desk in the Student Resource Building, Suite 2210, or by going to the EOP website staff page. 

Campus Advocacy, Resources, and Education (CARE) Emergency Fund

(CARE) Program assists survivors of interpersonal violence by providing advocacy and accompaniment services. Professional advocates with CARE specialize in helping individuals heal after an experience with sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, stalking, or sexual harassment by connecting them to other campus and community resources and helping them navigate different medical, legal, and campus processes. To apply, contact CARE at 805-893-4613 to schedule an appointment. If you have general questions about this fund, you can call the Women’s Center office manager at (805) 893-3779.


The Frances Pat Stock Angel Fund was established in honor of Pat Stock as a legacy of the important role she played as a founding member of the UCSB Women's Center.  The fund is used to provide small amounts of money to students who are navigating a temporary financial setback (such as a job loss, illness, book fees, bus fare, bicycle or automobile repairs) that undermines their ability to continue the educational goals at UCSB.  The fund is administered by the Women's Center.  If you are interested in applying for a Frances Pat Stock Angel Fund, please email the Director at kaminski@ucsb.edu


GSA EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (Graduate Students Only)

The GSA Emergency Relief Grant was approved by the UCSB graduate student body in 2011 and is designed to help graduate students who are experiencing sudden financial distress due to unforeseen circumstances  The amount of an award ranges between $100 and $1000 depending upon individual circumstances. Please visit here for the application.

GUARDIAN SCHOLARS FUND (Guardian Scholars Only)

Emergency grants of varying amounts are available for Guardian Scholars (former Foster Youth) experiencing serious financial difficulties. Requests are reviewed by a committee in consultation with Financial Aid. To apply, contact Lisa Przekop in the Office of Admissions at lisa.przekop@sa.ucsb.edu.

Emergency Medical Grants



SMERF was designed to assist UCSB students experiencing medical emergencies and students who have graduated will be eligible up to one quarter after their graduation date if they incurred a medical emergency during a quarter in which they were enrolled. Moreover, a student is eligible if they are unable to pay existing, anticipated or outstanding medical expenses. Any inquiries can be directed to the SMERF Account Manager at SMERF@essr.ucsb.edu or (805) 893-3253


The Orion fund provides grants up to $5,000 toward uncovered medical costs, medical technology, educational costs, and living expenses to college students in California who are living with serious, noncongenital illness and injury so they may continue working toward their educational goals. Grants are applied to cover the costs of medical crises that occurred within the previous year. To apply, an application form, personal statement, letters from medical/other advisors, unofficial transcript, copies of medical or other bills are required, please visit http://theorionfund.org/grants.php.


The Campus Medical Care Assistance Fund (CMCAF) was established to provide financial assistance,
in the form of a grant, to UC SHIP students and enrolled dependents who are experiencing significant
out of pocket medical expenses due to an unforeseen medical emergency. Grants may be requested
for $500 up to the student’s campus in-network individual out-of-pocket maximum. If awarded, student
must consult a tax professional to determine if grant award is taxable.

Students must complete, sign, and submit the CMCAF application with the below documentation:

  • Copy of Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from Anthem
  • Copy of the bill from the provider of service indicating the student’s/dependent’s outstanding balance.
  • The written response to your request for Charity Care from the medical provider of service.

All applications must be securely e-mailed to CMCAF Review Committee for consideration: SHS CMCAF

DANNY RILEY FUND (Undergraduate Students Only)

The Danny Riley Fund was created to assist undergraduate students who are suffering from cancer and other serious, chronic illnesses, and to help them remain actively engaged in their educational careers and achieve their full potential. Grants of varying amounts are used to support these students and their families, thereby easing their financial burdens while attending to their medical needs. To apply, contact the Disabled Students Program director at (805) 893-2182 or (805) 893-2668.