Our emergency grant helps pay for living expenses or unexpected financial obligations that prevent you from attending school. The grant is not for tuition and fees.
The grant maximum is $700 for the majority of expenses, and $500 for food.
Processing times may take longer during surges and in cases where documentation or payment information is missing.
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria:
Be a current college undergraduate in their second year at University of California-Berkeley or
beyond and enrolled full-time or half-time* at University of California-Berkeley for the entire
Have unexpected financial difficulties which may impact enrollment in school.
University of California-Berkeley student athletes are not eligible to apply.
*Half-time enrollment includes at least one or more courses with a minimum of 6 credit hours (or
The program will open on or after February 22 and the application deadline is June 16, 2021, or until funds have been distributed; whichever occurs first.
If your expense is covered, apply now. If not, keep scrolling for a list of resources that might be able to help.
Because we can only accept one application per grant cycle, we recommend you submit your largest eligible expense.
This will take 10 minutes and a few specific items.
It’s more likely that we’ll be able to approve your request if you explain your emergency in detail. For example, “My car broke down” isn’t enough information. Instead say, “My car broke down and I’m not able to drive to work.”
Out of respect for your situation, we make the process as fast and simple as possible.
This is a rolling application, so apply quickly, because funds can (and do) run out.
We’ll let you know if your request was approved within one business day.
If your request was approved, you’ll receive the funds within three business days.
Still have questions? Here are the ones we get asked most often.
Grants will be sent directly to your bank account via JP Morgan Chase's Corporate QuickPay. If your request is approved, you will receive an email with additional instructions.
If an electronic payment to a bank account can’t be made, a check will be mailed to you instead. (Heads up: Processing and delivery times of check payments may be longer than electronic payments.)What if my bills are in my parents’ name(s)?
No problem there. In the application, you will be asked to provide a short description of your emergency. Use this space to explain why the bill is in your parent’s name (e.g. you’re living at home or it’s a shared account).Can I still be reimbursed for an expense that I paid for over 30 days ago?
Unfortunately, no. The 30-day timeframe ensures that we’re prioritizing students in immediate emergency situations.If you need additional information to process my application, how much time do I have to submit it?
You have two weeks from when you submitted the application to provide the information needed to complete your application. If we do not receive the information in time, your application will be closed, and you will need to wait until the next cycle to submit another application.The expense I need help with is bundled with another service. Can I still get a grant?
If approved, the grant can be used to pay 50% of a bundled bill. (Example: Wi-Fi that’s bundled with cable.)Why is food only covered up to $500?
Emergency grants are designed to address short-term emergencies and cover grocery needs up to $500. If you need longer-term food and housing support, check out FindHelp.org for additional resources.
Contact us at the email at the bottom of this page and you will receive instructions for how to submit your application without a student ID number.How can I confirm my enrollment if I’m a first-year student and haven’t registered for classes yet?
Here are some acceptable forms of proof of student enrollment:
We often experience surges. Just know that we do our best to review all applications as quickly as possible, and you will be notified via email as soon as a decision is made.
At Scholarship America, we have one passion—every student. That includes students who have to choose between paying a bill and staying in school.
We don’t believe any student should have that weight put on their shoulders. And that’s why we provide financial support, thanks to the partnerships we have with our donors and other passionate organizations.