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K-State Today

March 31, 2020

Students in need encouraged to apply for emergency funds

Submitted by Karen Goos

As the current pandemic may cause economic uncertainty for students, the university encourages those in need to apply for emergency funds. We want to avoid students' studies being compromised by food insecurity, loss of income, changes in housing arrangements or other uncertainties or unforeseen expenses.

K-State's Office of Student Financial Assistance has developed a one-stop webpage of resources available for students with a financial emergency including information about Student Emergency Grants, Student Emergency Loans, K-State Proud Student Opportunity Award and Cats' Cupboard. Students should also reach out directly to their financial aid counselor to ask about resources.

Students may complete the Financial Intervention Form to apply for two different types of aid:

  • The Student Emergency Grant allows students to apply for up to $1,500 for assistance with unexpected expenses related to finishing the remainder of this school year in a virtual environment. Funds cover expenses such as laptops, internet services, exam proctoring, course materials and more. Grant funds do not need to be paid back.
  • Emergency Student Loans assist students with living, transportation and other, non-institutional, educational expenses. The loans need to be repaid and would be due at the beginning of the fall term.

Students may also apply through a separate application for K-State Proud Student Opportunity funding. This student-led fund provides financial assistance for students who have demonstrated extreme financial need or those who need temporary financial assistance. Special consideration will be given to students whose future at K-State may be in jeopardy.

We understand this is an unprecedented time and that people are affected in many ways as a result. Especially during the hard times, your K-State family has your back. Please reach out for support when you need it. These emergency assistance funds are here to help students through these transitions and periods of immediate need.