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Emergency Scholarship

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.

Award amounts vary depending on each 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. Applications are reviewed on a regular basis. 

If you have further questions about the Emergency Scholarship, the application process, or your unique situation, please contact Bruni Bezati at brbezati@umich.edu.