The LSA Emergency Scholarship has always been a resource for students facing unforeseen financial challenges outside of their control. Because of the coronavirus pandemic, many students are facing upheavals that will drastically impact how they live, learn, and work in the coming months. We want you to know that the LSA Emergency Scholarship remains open to all LSA students who are facing extraordinary financial situations as a result of the global COVID-19 pandemic.
While we will continue to focus on serving students who need the support most—predominantly those who demonstrate significant financial need—we will carefully review applications for any student who applies, regardless of their level of financial need. We know that circumstances like what we are facing now impact all of us, even students who may not ordinarily rely on support from financial aid. Students who do not have a FAFSA and CSS profile on file with the Office of Financial Aid are encouraged to apply for the LSA Emergency Scholarship if the pandemic has significantly changed their financial situation. Remember that, as is the case with all applicants, we may require additional information or documentation to make a fair evaluation. All emergency funding decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Our hope is that any LSA student facing extreme financial difficulties at this time will apply for this scholarship so that we can determine how best to assist. Our office, and the College of LSA as a whole, remains available to support you during these unprecedented times.
If you have any questions about the LSA Emergency Scholarship, please reach out to our office, preferably via email as our team is working remotely. For more information about how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting other LSA scholarships, visit our COVID-19 Updates page.
Just as life brings amazing opportunities, it can also present us with unexpected challenges—challenges that don't stop just because you're in school. We all try not to think about the possibility of serious illness, the loss of an immediate family member, or a catastrophic disaster, but emergencies can, and do, happen.
The LSA Emergency Scholarship was created to provide support to LSA students facing an unexpected emergency that causes financial hardship.
For qualified LSA students, an Emergency Scholarship can cover educational expenses (tuition, fees, room and board, books, etc.) and non-educational expenses (food, utility bills, prescriptions, emergency travel, health insurance, medical bills, etc.) as long as the student has experienced a recent unexpected emergency.
Note: For LSA students seeking financial support due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have broadened the scope of support available to students through this scholarship. In your application, be sure to itemize any incurred expenses that you would like for our team to consider as part of our review process.
There is no set award amounts as they will vary depending on each individual's situation. LSA Emergency Scholarships are only available once in your entire undergraduate academic career.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Must be an undergraduate currently enrolled full-time and pursuing a degree program (or MDDP) in the College of LSA on the Ann Arbor Campus.
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (i.e. possess a green card).
- Must apply for and receive need-based support through the Office of Financial Aid.
- Must have a FAFSA and CSS profile on file with the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) and must renew their FAFSA annually. If you have concerns about the details of your financial aid package please contact OFA directly.
This scholarship is intended to help students facing financial hardship due to an unforeseen dire circumstance. Examples include sudden illness, loss of an immediate family member, major accidents, and natural disasters. Poor financial choices do not constitute an emergency (e.g. credit card debt, poor use of financial aid funding, loans of your need-based aid to friends or family). This scholarship is not intended to supplement a student's financial aid package, and we cannot award funds beyond what a student's aid package allows.
Follow the link below to complete the LSA Emergency Scholarship application. There are two steps to the application process.
Step one: Begin by completing the general application. When asked which scholarship program you are applying to, click the box for "Emergency." Finish your general application by clicking the "submit" button at the bottom of the screen.
Step two: Once the general application has been submitted, you will then be directed to complete the LSA Emergency Scholarship application. Answer the questions and submit the application for full consideration.
Note: If you already completed your general application as part of the process for applying to other LSA scholarship opportunities, simply return to your general application and follow the steps above to gain access to the LSA Emergency Scholarship application.
What expenses are eligible for emergency funding in light of the current coronavirus pandemic?
The LSA Emergency Scholarship can provide support for educational expenses and expenses directly tied to a student’s living situation. Given the pandemic's massive impact on many aspects of life, we may also support students with non-educational expenses if there is room on their financial aid package to do so.
There are certain circumstances we are not able to fund no matter how much we may wish to. Examples include funding to support individuals beyond the student such as family members and friends. This limitation is in no way intended to penalize students who provide support to their families. We understand the undue strain students in this situation must be feeling, but as an educational institution, we are only able to support the student directly.
Please keep in mind that any LSA Emergency Scholarships awarded to assist students during this time will be placed on a student's financial aid package. This means our team must work within the framework of a student's existing financial aid to ensure the support we provide will not reduce other aid or create more challenging financial situations for future terms of enrollment. The result is that we may not be able to support students to the full extent of their request, but we will provide what support we are able to give during this time. If you are unsure if an expense will be covered, err on the side of including it in your application. Our team will assess how best to help.
When can I expect a decision on my application?
Given the increased volume of applications we are receiving, it can take up to a week for a full review of your application. However, chances are high that you will receive some communication from us before that point, particularly if we need to clarify any items in your application or with your financial aid package. All applicants will be notified of a decision, regardless of the outcome. Once a student is awarded, funds will be posted to the student's account and should be made available within a week.
How will Emergency Scholarship awards be disbursed?
LSA Emergency Scholarship awards will be placed on a student's financial aid package then disbursed as a refund (if there are no existing charges on the student's account). Any refunds due to the student should process within one week of accepting the scholarship award.
If we are able to apply funds to a student's winter financial aid package without negative impacts to existing aid, we will place the funds on winter term. If this is not possible, the award will be placed on a student's spring/summer financial aid package.
Please note that this scholarship, if placed on a student's spring/summer package, could impact other financial aid received for spring/summer courses. If you are awarded an LSA Emergency Scholarship and have questions about this, please reach out to us.
What other financial resources exist for LSA students during this difficult time?
In addition to the LSA Emergency Scholarship, these campus funding resources are available to students in emergency situations:
- Office of Financial Aid short term loans
- CEW+ Emergency Funding
- Dean of Students Office Emergency Funding
For students facing food insecurity in Washtenaw County:
- The office of Congresswoman Debbie Dingell recently shared this list of food banks and kitchens in our local area
- This map can help you find the nearest Food Gatherers pantry
For students facing broader issues related to unemployment, dwindling funds, and health concerns:
- UM's Poverty Solutions released this Pandemic Resource Guide that covers a wide range of additional resources available to the UM community.
- Washtenaw County has provided this list of food and essential services for our local community.
- Remember that financial stress can take a big toll on your mental health. CAPS remains available for anyone in need of support, regardless of the circumstance. They also have this collection of online resources you can access at any time.
If you have further questions about the LSA Emergency Scholarship, the application process, or your unique situation, please contact us via email and one of our coordinators will be happy to assist.