Student Emergency Fund

Rallying in support of students during the COVID-19 crisis, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ community generated a fund to assist students with unexpected and emerging financial needs to supplement institutional resources already being directed to assist in this crisis. The Student Emergency Fund directly helps students with financial assistance in this serious time of need. This fund is intended to be a supplemental financial resource when students are unable to meet immediate and essential expenses, such as travel, food, and housing. This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid.

Requests are reviewed on a rolling basis in consultation with the committee comprised of student affairs staff, other members of the Colleges’ staff, faculty and students.

Expenses Typically Covered by the Emergency Fund (this list is not all inclusive):

  1. Books and other essential academic expenses
  2. Medications and other costs related to a medical emergency or medical care
  3. Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  4. Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)
  5. Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family or of a close friend
  6. Emergency housing supplemental assistance during emergencies
  7. Food expenses during emergencies

Expenses Not Covered

  1. Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs
  2. Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs
  3. Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants must have a financial hardship
  2. Applicants must be currently enrolled students with the Colleges.
  3. All other resources, including emergency loans through Financial Aid must have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.
  4. Applicants must complete all application questions in full and submit supporting documentation if requested.

Submitting Documents (may include, if requested*):

  1. Medical bills
  2. Estimates for repairs
  3. Documentary evidence (photographs or videos)
  4. Letters of support (usually witnesses of your need)
  5. Financial information
  6. Other information as determined appropriate by the Vice President for Campus Life or their designee.

* Supporting documentation will only be requested if it is necessary to fund your request

To submit a request, click here.


The Office of Campus Life is located on the first floor of Smith Hall.
Phone: (315) 781-3900
Fax: (315) 781-4433

For Emergencies, phone Campus Safety:
On campus: Ext. 3333 or (315) 781-3333 from a cell phone
Off campus: 911


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.