Applying for a Student Emergency Fund Grant

A list of immediate resources will be provided as part of the online application process. Our goal is to provide funding decisions within five to seven business days of the request. Due to the large amount of applications we’ve received, we ask for your patience. Any awarded grants will be sent via check or directly deposited into student accounts.

All degree-seeking students, including undergraduate, graduate, law, undocumented and full- and part-time students, are eligible for the grants.

The fund can be used to meet a short-term financial need but is not designed to replace or supplement financial aid. Funds are awarded as a grant and do not need to be repaid. Most emergency grants are funded by federal assistance and will not impact your financial aid eligibility. Federal emergency grants are not subject to taxation. 

If you currently receive financial aid and are issued an emergency grant from a non-federal source, we will consult with the Financial Aid Office because this grant could affect your already awarded financial aid or be subject to federal and/or state taxes.


Contact the Center for Student Assistance at or 815-753-8300.

Interested in Donating?

Please visit the NIU Foundation’s Student Emergency Fund Donation Page.