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Student Emergency Fund

SUNY has always supported students in need. At the start of the COVID pandemic, alumni, faculty, and staff responded to a call for aid to help students in crisis.

From March 2020 to present, many students have benefitted from this fund and expressed gratitude for assistance. These funds supported students during critical times and helped them purchase basic necessities such as groceries, car repairs and medical bills.

Support the Emergency Fund

A green umbrella on a yellow background, with white bold text Student Emergency Fund. Below the umbrella are icons representative of things that are supported, such as rent, transportation, medical expenses, food, and internet.

We need your support 

All contributions, regardless of the amount, are important to help support students during a time of crisis and critical need.

Support the Emergency Fund

The Impact

The Office of the Dean of Students staff meets with every student who applies for funding and listens to their story. These conversations allow for a closer connection to students who have reported that the funds helped them mitigate financial issues and ease their burdens as they continued their studies. The conversations include holistic support to assist students with forward planning and to ensure students make use of all campus resources. 

Here’s what our students have told us:

“I used the funds to help buy a new fridge because ours ended up dying during all this. Thank you, I hope one day that if this was ever to happen (which I hope it doesn't but if it did) that I would be successful enough to donate."

“The money helped me to afford groceries and I put some towards my rent for the month. I really appreciate what people have done to make a difference for students of Oswego. It has made an impact on my life and reminded me of the kindness that still exists today."

“They were able to help me pay for my urgently needed book for class and food for my house. It was greatly appreciated and came literally at the perfect time for a harsh situation I was in. I can't thank you enough for doing this because you really don't need to do this for students yet you do, thank you so much.”

 To apply for emergency funding

  1. For students facing an unexpected hardship or an emergency, please email [email protected].

  2. The Associate Dean of Students or another member of the office will arrange to speak with the student and determine eligibility and any other resources available.

  3. Please be advised that some funding requires an application process or a form for tax purposes. This will be discussed with applicants.

  4. The Office of the Dean of Students will work with other offices on campus to align services, help complete applications received, and ensure that students receive funding in a timely manner.

  5. The Dean of Students will follow up with students on a regular basis.

Amounts given to students are limited, therefore multiple requests may not be approved. The Office of the Dean of Students urges students to work with the Financial Aid Office to explore other funding options to meet long term needs.

Emergency fund amounts given to students do not impact Financial Aid packages or other funding given to the student by SUNY Oswego.

What's Covered

  • Food
  • Utility bills
  • Part of rent expenses
  • Travel
  • Cost of school supplies
  • Child care
  • Medical not covered by insurance

What's Not Covered

  • Tuition or fees
  • Long term expenses

Amounts disbursed are intended to cover immediate needs.


Office Of The Dean of Students

501 Culkin Hall

Oswego, NY 13126


315-312-5483, Fax: 315-312-2503

[email protected]


M-F, 8am-4:30pm

Summer Hours: M-F, 8am-4pm