Student Emergency Fund

About the Student Emergency Fund

Unforeseen circumstances can create temporary challenges for any individual or family. A single financial setback can often impact a student’s ability to continue their education.

To help address those needs, the Cortland College Foundation has established a Student Emergency Fund to help support SUNY Cortland students facing unexpected hardship.

The donor-supported fund offers emergency grants of up to $500 to eligible students with a documented need.

The grants were created as temporary assistance and are not intended to replace financial aid. Students may apply for an emergency grant after other methods of funding have been exhausted.

SUNY Cortland has always been, and will always be, an institution that prides itself on providing access to a world-class education for all eligible students, regardless of background or economic situation. The Student Emergency Fund is one of the many initiatives established in that spirit.


Students who are enrolled in a current academic term at SUNY Cortland may apply. We are currently reviewing applications submitted by students enrolled for the 2020 Summer Session term.

For students enrolled for the Fall 2020 academic term, you may apply beginning Aug. 1, 2020. Fall 2020 applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, starting on Aug.15.

Examples of eligible expenses:

  • Child care
  • Food
  • Medical/dental
  • Personal automobile expenses
  • Rent or other housing
  • Technology
  • Transportation
  • Utilities, including internet service

Examples of ineligible expenses:

  • Tuition
  • College Fees
  • Books
  • Credit Card Debt
  • Cable Bills
  • Legal Representation


Apply for the emergency fund (myRedDragon login required). All requests are confidential. Details are shared among administering college offices in order to process funding requests.

All situations are unique, and all applications will be reviewed carefully on a case-by-case basis.

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