Covered Expenses for a Student Emergency Fund Grant

Examples of expenses that can be covered include:

  • Technology needs to complete online courses, including laptops, printers and scanners, software, access to WiFi, expansion of data plans, etc.
  • Books and other essential academic supplies
  • Basic personal needs such as emergency housing, food, toiletries and transportation
  • Emergency medical, dental or mental health expenses not covered by insurance (ie. eyeglasses, medication, emergency/unexpected procedure)
  • Childcare needs
  • Costs to travel home unexpectedly, travel to and from work or for educational purposes
  • Travel related to the death or emergency of an immediate family member
  • Safety-related needs, including the needs of victims of domestic violence
  • Replacement of belongings lost in a fire or natural disaster
  • Basic utilities

Types of expenses generally not covered include:

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, study abroad costs and outstanding debt to the university
  • Campus housing
  • Health insurance costs
  • Non-emergency medical-related expenses
  • Non-essential costs, such as those for entertainment, recreation and non-emergency travel
  • Non-essential utilities (cable costs not associated with WiFi)
  • Parking tickets and traffic fines
  • Technology not related to education (gaming systems)


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.