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Student Emergency Fund

This funding source is designed to assist students (undergraduate and graduate) exhibiting financial hardship due to a sudden change in financial status, loss of employment or other obstacle in order for them to maintain their enrollment. It is designed to enable a student to meet a short-term financial hardship and is maintained by Tarleton State University Student Affairs.

Student Emergency Fund Criteria

The Student Emergency Fund, also known as CARES, may be used to assist students with unexpected emergency expenses such as: 

  • Replacement of necessary items following fire, theft or natural disaster
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness of immediate family member
  • Unanticipated and/or extraordinary child expenses, including, but not limited to, child-care, formula and diapers
  • Medical Bill or Medications
  • Sudden emergency move or change in living conditions or to prevent homelessness
  • Safety needs (i.e. lock changes)
  • Car repairs and operation in excess of typical wear and tear usage issues
  • Food expenses

Application Process

All applicants must be in good standing with the university and be enrolled in at least 6 hours at the time of application.

 A student may only receive funds once during an academic year, unless circumstances warrant consideration for an additional award. Other resources must be unavailable or have been exhausted or insufficient in order to qualify for the Student Emergency Fund. A student may be requested to provide documentation to support the request for funds such as bills, medical documents, receipts, estimates for repairs, photographs, letters of support, newspaper articles, court documents, police reports, etc.

Applicants may complete the application and submit it through the application form at the bottom of this webpage. Once an application is received, Student Affairs designee(s), in partnership with Student Financial Assistance Services and Business Services, will review applications, may request to meet with the student applicant to reach a decision regarding whether or not the student qualifies for the award, and will contact the student regarding the final decision. The Student Emergency Funds are limited, and awards are subject to availability.

Review and Award Process

Students may apply for the Student Emergency Fund (CARES) at any time, however, a student may only be awarded the Student Emergency Funds once during an academic year, unless circumstances warrant consideration for an additional award.

 Award amounts will typically not exceed $500.00. Should a student require a greater amount, a team composed of trained staff familiar with financial aid and other resources available at Tarleton State University will evaluate the circumstances, determine if the student is eligible to receive the funds and provide additional support.

Eligibility will be in part determined by a student’s current Financial Aid status. Only when Financial Aid options are exhausted will a student be considered for the Student Emergency Funding. The Student Emergency Fund Application reviewers will determine the appropriate funding amount should a student meet criteria for the award.

Awards are subject to the availability of funds.  Decisions regarding funding will be made on a case-by case basis and are considered final.

A virtual follow-up meeting may be required in order for a student to provide documentation regarding the use of funds and/or to connect a student with other resources as needed.

Apply for Funds

To Contribute to the Students Emergency Fund

Contact the Office of Development
Phone: (254) 968-9769
Donate directly to the Student Emergency Fund.

 For more information:

 Please contact the Vice President for Student Affairs Administrative Office
Phone: (254) 968-9081
Fax: (254) 968-9920
Located on the second floor of the Administration Building Stephenville