Fall 2021 Guidance/COVID-19 Information

Student Emergency Fund

Applications are currently being accepted for students matriculated and registered for a 2021 SUNY Cortland summer session.

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 applying for assistance must be matriculated and registered for the 2021 Cortland summer session to meet eligibility for funding. Enrollment will be verified.

Important: Support documents are required application materials. If you are unable to upload documents indicating a need for emergency assistance, you will be contacted.

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

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