Emergency Fund For Students


St. Olaf College has access to funds to support students who are experiencing a financial hardship due to an unanticipated event or emergency. To be eligible for either of these funds, an individual must be a full-time student at St. Olaf.

Emergency Fund for St. Olaf
Eligible Students All Students
Funding Source Friends of St. Olaf College (donors)
Requirements Must utilize all parts of financial aid package (including loans) before applying
Eligible Expenses
  • Travel expenses due to an emergency in the student’s family;
  • Unforeseen Medical and Dental Expenses
  • Food and other necessary living expenses
  • Technology needs
  • Books and other essential academic expenses
Funding Limitations Typically can receive only once a school year, up to $500

Ineligible expenses for the St. Olaf Emergency Fund:

  • St. Olaf Tuition and fees
  • St. Olaf Housing and Meal Plan Costs
  • Music Lessons and other Academic Costs
  • Off-Campus Study Costs

Students must have exhausted all other possible financial resources, including student loans, before applying to receive funds. The amount given is determined by the need and subject to the availability of the funds. A student is typically eligible to receive funding once per academic year. Emergency funds do not need to be repaid and are distributed on a case by case basis. Funds will be made available as soon as possible and are generally limited to $500.

Please submit the form below to be considered for emergency funding.  You will be contacted to meet with an appropriate staff to discuss your circumstance and then they will consult with campus partners, including the Financial Aid Office. This fund is not associated with the financial aid application process. Financial aid applicants who have special circumstances that relate directly to the financial aid process should contact the Financial Aid Office.

Emergency funding may create a taxable event that could require reporting to the IRS by the recipient.

If you would like to contribute to the Emergency Fund for Students, please go to St. Olaf Giving (https://wp.stolaf.edu/giving/give/) and direct your gift to the “Emergency Fund for Students.”

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