Student Emergency Fund

Thanks to the generous support of NWU donors, Nebraska Wesleyan University has a Student Emergency Fund to assist students through short-term financial difficulties.

Only full-time undergraduate students in the traditional program are eligible for ­Student Emergency Fund grants. Grants from the Student Emergency Fund (SEF) are not intended to offset long-term or ongoing expenses (e.g., tuition, rent, car payments) but to help students manage short-term, unanticipated, or emergency needs. Examples of such needs include but are not limited to expenses associated with:

  • Medical, dental, or mental health emergencies
  • Recovery from natural disasters, fire, or other unanticipated events
  • Immediate transportation needs (car repair, travel for family crisis)
  • Housing emergencies (loss of housing, housing safety concerns)
  • Other short term needs in essential living expenses (food, utilities, medication)

As a condition of the grant, students are required to submit the Student Emergency Fund Expense Report within 30 days to demonstrate that the grant funds were spent according to the requested purpose. Funds granted but not used for the requested expenses must be reimbursed. Grant funds may only be used for the expenses described in the grant application.

Funding is available until expended and funds may not be available to fulfill all requests. Priority will be given to students with demonstrable financial need. Students may not receive multiple Student Emergency Fund grants for the same circumstance. Applications will be reviewed as received. Ordinarily, students will receive a decision within a week of submission.

To find out more about the Student Emergency Fund grant, contact the Student Life Office, 100 Story Student Center, (402) 465-2154.