Emergency and Hardship Funding Procedure 

Emergency and Hardship Funding is available through the Office of Student Affairs for students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses due to temporary hardship related to an unforeseen or emergency situation. Students may generally receive this assistance one time per academic year for funding up to $400 ($400 for grants, $400 for loans). Students must supply a weekly, itemized budget, receipts or other documentation with their request. The Committee to Review Requests meets every Thursday to review submissions. 

ATTENTION - Emergency Funding for Hardships related to COVID-19

Due to the developing situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated hardships experienced by many of our students, Franklin & Marshall College has expanded the Student Hardship and Emergency Fund. Students may apply for assistance of up to $400 in grant funding, and can re-apply if further assistance is needed, to cover expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the resources available to our community members during this global emergency, please visit the COVID-19 Updates page on our website.


  1. Students must be currently enrolled full-time at Franklin & Marshall College (Not on a leave of absence or graduated)

  2. Students must provide a budget or breakdown of expenses with their request for funding.

  3. Meet with Care Coordinator, Susan Knoll, located on the second floor of Steinman College Center to discuss your need (Note: This step is currently not required for requests related to COVID-19).

Expenses Generally Covered

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Personal belongings lost in a fire;
  • Temporary food insecurity;
  • Emergency medical treatment/medication when you do not have the ability to pay and the costs cannot be covered by insurance;
  • Emergency temporary lodging if you find yourself homeless or in an unsafe situation;
  • Travel expenses to return home in the case of a sudden family death or other emergency.

Expenses Generally Not Covered

Examples include (but are not limited to):

  • Expenses due to a lack of financial planning or overspending;
  • Outstanding debt to the College or otherwise (i.e. credit cards, fees past due, etc.);
  • Tuition and other College fees.

Applying for Emergency Funding

Emergency funding through the Office of Student Affairs is reserved for students who have exhausted all other available options. Prior to granting funding, the Office of Student Affairs will work with the Office of Financial Aid to determine if loans, scholarships, or grants are available. 

( DURING COVID-19 - NO NEED FOR THIS STEP) In order to apply for funding, you must meet with an Office of Student Affairs staff member to discuss your need and complete the Student Emergency Assistance Form below. You may be asked to provide supporting documentation to verify your need.