LSA students are presented with amazing opportunities, and many face difficult challenges—often when it's least expected. Sudden life emergencies such as a serious illness, the loss of an immediate family member, or a catastrophic disaster can derail a student's academic life.
The LSA Emergency Fund supported by U-M alumni and other donors, offers support to LSA students facing a sudden emergency that causes financial hardship. These funds are intended to help students continue their studies and earn their LSA degree.
How can the fund help?
For qualified LSA students, the LSA Emergency Fund can assist with cost of attendance and non-educational expenses (food, utility bills, prescriptions, emergency travel, health insurance, medical bills, etc.) as long as the student has experienced a recent unexpected emergency.
Is there an award limit?
There are no set award amounts. They are based on each student's unique situation. Please know that you can only receive LSA Emergency Funds once during your entire undergraduate academic career.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be an undergraduate currently enrolled full-time and pursuing a degree program (or MDDP) in the College of LSA on the Ann Arbor Campus.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (i.e. possess a green card).
- Have applied for and received need-based support through the Office of Financial Aid for the current academic year.
- Have a CSS Profile and current-year FAFSA on file with the Office of Financial Aid (OFA). If you have concerns about the details of your financial aid package please contact OFA directly.
IMPORTANT NOTE: When assessing eligibility for financial aid, the Office of Financial Aid considers assistance received from all sources during the academic year (September through August), including LSA emergency funding. If your total financial aid, including any new offer, exceeds your eligibility for financial assistance this academic year, your financial aid may be limited in a future term or reduced from previously received assistance. You can learn more about financial aid terms and conditions on the Office of Financial Aid's website.
What is considered an emergency?
Emergency funding is intended to help students facing financial hardship due to an unforeseen dire circumstance. Examples include sudden illness, loss of an immediate family member, major accidents, and natural disasters. Poor financial choices do not constitute an emergency (e.g. credit card debt, poor use of financial aid funding, loans of your need-based aid to friends or family). This scholarship is not intended to supplement a student's financial aid package, and we cannot award funds beyond what a student's aid package allows.
How do I apply?
Follow the link below to complete the LSA Emergency Fund application. There are two steps to the application process.
Step one: Begin by completing the general application. When asked which scholarship program you are applying to, click the box for "Emergency." Finish your general application by clicking the "submit" button at the bottom of the screen.
Step two: Once the general application has been submitted, you will then be directed to complete the LSA Emergency Fund application. Answer the questions and submit the application for full consideration.
Note: If you already completed your general application as part of the process for applying to other LSA scholarship opportunities, simply return to your general application and follow the steps above to gain access to the LSA Emergency Fund application.
Frequently Asked Questions
When can I expect a decision on my application?
How will the Emergency Fund awards be disbursed?
What other financial resources exist for LSA students?
The Office of Financial Aid offers students a variety of other funding. The 2023 Home for the Holidays Scholarship application is available here. The scholarship is to assist students heading home for holiday breaks.
Thanksgiving recess deadline: Oct. 20
Winter break deadline: Nov. 15
We do not manage this scholarship. Please apply through the OFA.