Women's Center Emergency Fund

The Women's Center Student Emergency Fund assists Kent State students by providing financial support when they need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage or need for temporary housing. Currently enrolled students may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources (credit card, payment plans, additional student aid, assistance from family/friends, other personal resources). This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid or to replace or supplement existing financial aid. If Student Emergency Funds are granted, they do not have to be repaid.

Possible Expenses Covered by the Emergency Fund

(this list is not exhaustive):

  • Medications and other costs related to emergency medical care

  • Books and other essential academic expenses

  • Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)

  • Replacement of essential personal belongings or temporary housing needs, due to fire, theft, or natural disaster

  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family

Expenses Not Covered

(this list is not exhaustive):

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance, and study abroad costs.

  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft.

  • Regularly anticipated fixed expenses 

  • Parking tickets.

  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses.

  • Other anticipated expenses.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or another unexpected critical incident.

  • The expense must be unexpected, unforeseen, and the urgent nature unavoidable.

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled, students.

  • Applicants must complete all questions in full and submit supporting documentation.

  • Have not previously received Student Emergency Funds

Application Process

Students who are in need of emergency financial assistance may submit an application and supporting documentation to the Women’s Center. Funds distributed do not generally exceed $500. Applicants will be required to follow up with a reflection survey from the Women’s Center.  All funds will also be placed on your student account, so will not be refunded if there is a balance on your account. For information on the application please contact our office at WC@kent.edu 


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