The Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. The Student Emergency Fund was created by Daniel López Jr., Vice President for Student Affairs, and Wamucii Njogu, former Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, with the support of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of NEIU.
- Current NEIU students who are enrolled at NEIU and attending the semester in which the funds are being requested.
- Students must be degree-seeking, in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or show evidence of recent satisfactory progress.
- Students must have exhausted all other possible financial resources (such as student loans and other community resources) before applying for Student Emergency funds.
- Students must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial need.
(This list is not exhaustive):
- Emergency temporary housing for students with housing insecurity or in an unsafe situation. Emergency temporary housing is available for displaced NEIU students who are living in their cars; temporarily staying with friends or family; or unable to continue living in their current residence. Students may be housed for up to two weeks in an apartment located on campus while they acquire stable and permanent housing. Students must demonstrate how the nature of the crisis impacts them financially and their ability to persist and complete their education.
- Emergency medical treatment/medication when students do not have the ability to pay and the costs cannot be covered by insurance.
- Temporary food insecurity.
- Books and other essential academic expenses.
- Safety-related needs (i.e. changing a lock).
- Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft or natural disaster.
- Expenses related to a death or illness in the immediate family.
- Other as determined by the Emergency Fund Committee.
Expenses Not Covered
- Tuition, fees, health insurance and study abroad costs.
- Expenses due to a lack of financial planning or overspending.
- Outstanding debt to the University or other entities (credit cards, past due fees, etc.).
- Legal fees.
- Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft.
- Parking tickets.
- Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses.
Students who are in need of emergency assistance must complete an online Emergency Fund Application and provide support documentation to Student Affairs.
The Student Emergency Fund Committee, made up of the Dean of Students and faculty and staff representatives, will review the submitted application and determine the appropriate funding amount. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis and amounts will be based on eligibility, documentation of need and availability of funds. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Funds distributed can range from $25 to $500 and are typically awarded once. Applicants may be required to meet with a staff member in Student Affairs to discuss their application. If you are currently receiving financial aid, please be aware that receiving funding from the Emergency Fund may affect your future aid packages and funds received will be taxed as income. For information on the application please contact Student Affairs at (773) 442-4600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The number of students who can be served by the Student Emergency Fund is subject to the availability of funds. The fund is sustained by annual contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University.
Contribute to Student Emergency Fund
If you prefer to mail in a gift, please make a check to NEIU Foundation and designate "Student Emergency Fund" in the memo. Then, please mail to:
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60625