The Cortland College Foundation has established a student emergency fund to help assist SUNY Cortland students facing an emergency situation that has caused unforeseen financial hardship, with the intention to support students to stay in college and continue their education.
The donor-supported fund offers emergency grants of up to $500 to eligible students to help pay for urgent expenses. The awards are designated as temporary assistance and are not intended to replace financial aid. Students are eligible for no more than one grant per academic year with a “lifetime” award totaling $2000.
Funding is limited, please only request what is needed. Applications will be prioritized based on detailed review of need. Applications will be accepted during the fall and spring semesters.
Please apply for an emergency grant only after other methods of funding have been exhausted.
To be considered eligible for funding, students applying for assistance must be pursuing a degree at SUNY Cortland and enrolled as a full-time, matriculated, undergraduate or graduate student. Enrollment will be verified. Only complete applications will be considered, and must include support documentation at time of submission. Award decisions will be made within three to five business days of application submission. Additional documentation or follow up may be required before finalizing an approved request.
Emergencies are typically unexpected occurrences that may adversely impact a student’s ability to cover the cost of basic needs or essential living expenses. The following are examples of situations that may trigger financial distress: