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Emergency Funding

Saint Louis University understands that students may occasionally encounter unforeseen financial emergencies or catastrophic events that can disrupt their educational plans and ability to pay for school. To assist students in these circumstances, SLU, as well as external partners, have implemented the following financial aid funds to help fill these gaps.

Grant Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

  • Students Helping Students: This fund is managed by the Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow organization. The fund provides immediate one-time assistance to Billikens (undergraduate or graduate) who find themselves in temporary need of additional funds to stay enrolled in classes and make progress towards graduation. The scholarship is awarded each fall and spring semester. During the current COVID-19 crisis, an additional awarding cycle will be available.
  • Student Emergency Relief Fund: This fund provides support for undergraduate or graduate students during unforeseen circumstances that create an unexpected or unprepared-for economic hardship. Applications are accepted in Scholarship Suite on a rolling basis and are due on Sundays at 11:59 p.m. CDT to be reviewed that week.

Application Instructions: To find out more information or to apply for Students Helping Students or the Student Emergency Relief Fund, log in to Scholarship Suite through the MySLU portal, Tools tab. Complete the general application questions upon entering the site. Click “Finish and Submit.”

Once the general application is completed, you may apply for scholarships that show in your recommended list that have an “Apply” button, including the Students Helping Students and Student Emergency Relief Funds. You must enter each application and answer further questions, then “Submit” at the bottom right to complete.

  • The CARES Act: The federal stimulus package passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic provides universities with limited funding designated for current undergraduate and graduate students who have incurred unexpected expenses with campus disruptions due to COVID-19, particularly students with unmet needs and those who are Title IV eligible. The CARES Act, however, does not address COVID-related expenses incurred by our international students, our DACA students or those students who were already enrolled in exclusively online programs, such as SLU’s School of Professional Studies.

Application Instructions: Students with need are encouraged to fill out the COVID-19 Relief Request Application so we can learn if you are eligible for either the CARES Act aid, our student emergency fund or other forms of institutional aid. Funds are limited.

Additional Grant Opportunities for Undergraduate Students 

  • Director's Choice Grant (Up to $1,500) :The Director’s Choice Grant from the Missouri Scholarship and Loan Foundation (MSLF) is designed to assist Missouri undergraduate students who have an urgent financial need that may prevent them from continuing their degree or program. Students must be full-time, a Missouri resident and be making Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

    This grant is not "need-based" as defined by federal financial aid regulations, but the Financial Aid Office will recommend a grant award based on a student’s financial circumstances and other relevant factors. Potential candidates should email Student Financial Services at sfs@slu.edu to confirm eligibility and request application materials.
  • Emergency Student Aid: Established by the Board of Trustees, this fund may provide up to $2,500 per student recipient per semester. Students must have  a GPA of 2.5 or above and require emergency financial aid to return to SLU.
  • Financial Need Fund (Go Further):  This grant assists undergraduate students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses causing financial hardship. The program is designed to assist those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through scholarships, loans or personal resources.

  • Judy and Jerry Kent Retention and Graduation Scholarship: This award was created to assist current SLU students with unique financial circumstances requiring additional resources to complete their undergraduate degree. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and be at a junior or senior.

  • Kathleen and Jack Lane Scholarship: This award was established to assist students who need more than four years to complete their degree.

  • SLU Military Grant (Go Further): This grant supports undergraduate students who are Yellow Ribbon for Post 9/11 veterans, dependents of deceased service members (gold star) and dependents of active service members. These funds may serve as a supplement when military assistance is no longer available.

Emergency Short-Term Loans (Amount Varies)

  • Undergraduate Emergency Loan (Up to $300): This loan is designed for full-time undergraduate students who have an urgent financial need. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or greater. Repayment is due 90 days after an application is approved and students must have a specific source from which to repay the loan. Interested students should email Student Financial Services at sfs@slu.edu to request the application materials. 

  • USX Graduate Emergency Loan (Up to $1,200): This loan is designed for degree-seeking graduate students who have an urgent financial need. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater and either be currently enrolled or pre-registered for the following semester. Students may borrow funds from this loan program a maximum of three times, and cannot have a current outstanding emergency loan with Saint Louis University. Repayment is due 90 days after the application is approved. Interested students should email Christine Harper, Ph. D., at christine.harper@slu.edu to request the application materials.
  • School of Law Students: Terry Gould Emergency Loan (Up to $2,000): This loan is designed to assist students in the School of Law who have an urgent financial need. Students must be currently enrolled in pursuit of a Juris Doctorate degree and the repayment term cannot exceed the date of graduation. Potential candidates should email fin_aid@law.slu.edu to request application materials.
  • School of Medicine Students: Kellogg Emergency Loan (Amount Varies): This loan is designed to assist students in the School of Medicine who have an urgent financial need. Students must be currently enrolled with the School of Medicine and must have a specific source from which to repay the loan, which could include an expected refund for a current or future semester. The standard award amount is $500. However, in exceptional circumstances larger amounts can be considered. Interested students should email sfp@slu.edu to request application materials.