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Emergency Relief Fund

The Emergency Relief fund was created to assist students who are experiencing a significant financial crisis and will be a source of support for students who are experiencing financial strain due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Process for Students

  1. Complete the online application linked below. Each application is automatically routed to the emergency relief email address.
  2. Upload documentation within the application. When uploaded, the documentation name should contain student's FSUID/EMPLID.
  3. Applications will not be reviewed until documentation has been provided.
  4. Students should describe what type of financial impact COVID had on them. For example:
    1. Loss of employment for them or caregiver/financial support
    2. Need to buy supplies for online coursework (laptop, internet, course supplies, etc.)
    3. Food/Housing insecurity
    4. Need to buy emergency transportation/supplies to return home (plane/bus/gas money). Preference will be given to students who live more than 2 hours from Tallahassee
  5. Generally awarded amounts will be under $1000 and based on clearly demonstrated need.
  6. Documentation options:
    1. Letter from employer noting loss of job
    2. Lease agreement which reflects monthly rent
      • For example, if submitting an application for rent assistance you must provide demonstration of cost of rent AND documentation of loss of job/income.
    3. Letter from health provider
    4. Notarized letter from emergency contact which specifically outlines expenses being requested
    5. Receipt for any purchases needed for moving to online courses and rationale for purchase (for example, the rationale behind buying a more expensive laptop when a cheaper option is available and can perform the same functions).
  7. Student can use free available apps to scan documentation such as
    1. TurboScan
    2. Photos to PDF Image converter

Post–Application Submission

  1. Completed application which will include: EMPLID/FSUID, description of need, documentation to support need, dollar amount being requested.
  2. Requests that will not be fulfilled:
    1. loss of deposit for hotels/reservations for graduation
    2. payments made for RSO events (formals, spring break trips, conferences)
    3. cost of rent for an apartment in Tallahassee if the student has a primary residence elsewhere
  3. After the DSA Emergency Fund Review Committee approves an application and suggests a dollar amount for approval the information is synthesized and routed to Financial Aid to determine student's eligibility to receive the funding.

FSU Panama City

A separate Seminole Emergency Relief Fund was created to assist Panama City students who are experiencing a significant financial crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FSU Panama City Seminole Emergency Relief Fund