Critical Need Fund / Disaster and Emergency Student Assistance Fund

Office of the Dean of Students

Updated March 26, 2020 – COVID-19 Assistance

The Critical Need Fund also known as the Disaster and Emergency Student Assistance Fund was established by the Office of the Dean of Students, a unit of Student Life, to help ensure that Purdue University students have access to the support and resources they need to successfully recover from unexpected financial crises and stay on track academically. Examples of assistance have including transportation costs, emergency housing, food, and replacement of essential belongings. The goal of these funds is to prevent one small emergency or unexpected expense from derailing a student’s progress towards a degree. The fund is made possible from generous donors committed to helping students.

Considering the significant disruptions caused by the current global crisis as it relates to COVID-19, we invite students to submit requests for these funds. Our process is intended to be simple and quick. The federal government has relaxed some financial aid regulations that allow for us to help students with even more efficiency. The general process for emergency fund requests includes:

  • Student contacts ODOS and discusses the need ( / 765-494-1747)
    • Approvals are made on a case-by-case basis
    • Generally speaking, funds awarded will not typically exceed $500; exceptions may apply
  • Unmet need is reviewed with Department of Financial Aid (DFA)   
  • Upon approval of request, student signs a form electronically
  • In approximately 1-3 business days a Chase Quick Pay is complete
  • Some items can be paid for/purchased immediately

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