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The College of Natural Sciences Student Emergency Fund was created to support our students with various emergencies. We understand financial help cannot fix all of the unique issues that a student may be facing, but we hope these fund can help students get back on a path of success. 

Funds may be awarded up to a cap of $500, depending on the nature of the emergency, and are granted at the discretion of the Dean’s Office. These funds DO NOT have to be repaid.

If you need help with financial expenses exceeding this amount, or if you need help with other non-academic needs, please contact one our non-academic counselors to discuss all of your options. 

Types of Expenses

Typical expenses that may be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Medications/Prescriptions or costs related to medical care
  • Academic related needs (i.e. technology, textbooks, course materials)
  • Safety related needs (i.e. changing a lock on a vehicle or home)
  • Replacement of personal belongings due to fire or natural disaster
  • Essential expenses because of a hardship related to an emergency situation (i.e. rent, utilities, food)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be students in the College of Natural Sciences.
  • Applicants must have a temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency situation as outlined above.
  • Applicants must be able to provide sufficient documentation that they have applied for support from the University's Student Emergency Services . If you have not applied for SES funding, please submit that request BEFORE requesting College of Natural Sciences funding. Students who are denied funding from SES may still be eligible for the College of Natural Sciences Emergency Fund.
  • Applicants are eligible for College of Natural Sciences funds one time per academic year. 

Once we confirm that your application is complete and accurate, we will respond as soon as possible. 

NOTE: College of Natural Sciences emergency funding may impact previously awarded aid, and is coordinated with the Student Emergency Services program and the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. You may be contacted for additional information in connection with this application.

Other Resources

  • UT Student Emergency Fund - limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. Student Emergency Services is no longer offering emergency aid for COVID-related expenses.
  • BCCAL -Trained staff are available during business hours to answer COVID-19 questions and connect students, staff, and faculty with support and resources.
  • Office of Scholarships and  Financial Aid – Apply for emergency loans
  • Texas Global – Apply for emergency tuition and cash loans
  • 2-1-1 Texas - A comprehensive list of resources in your local community for Texas residents.

If you or your parents have experienced a recent reduction in income or financial resources due to extenuating circumstances and you have already completed the FAFSA, please complete the  income reduction appeal for the appropriate academic year via DocuSign to receive more comprehensive aid than this emergency fund is able to offer.  The income reduction appeal (formerly known as the special circumstances appeal) allows UT Austin to assess your financial aid and make any adjustments to your financial aid package given your current situation. You may request a PDF via email to onestop@utexas.edu, but please note that PDF processing times may be delayed.

If you need technology support, please also complete the Cost of Attendance Appeal Form. The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid can recalculate your total cost of attendace for the year including your technology needs, and may be able to offer grant or loan funding to support your needs.  


Please complete the application, including any supporting documentation you have regarding prior application with Student Emergency Services, or documentation pertaining to your current need.