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The USD Student Emergency Grant was created to provide financial assistance to enrolled students who are unable to meet qualifying expenses as a result of emergency situations, such as fires, natural disasters, criminal victimhood, sudden economic downturns, acute medical events, family deaths and other unforeseen catastrophes.

This assistance is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid. Grants are generally limited to under $500 per academic year.

Expenses covered by the Student Emergency Grant include:

  • Housing assistance
  • Medical, mental health or dental costs
  • Travel expenses to receive medical care or tend to sick or deceased family members
  • Academically necessary textbooks, technology or service costs
  • Childcare
  • Food
  • Toiletries, clothing, and other basic needs

Expenses not covered by the Student Emergency Grant include:

  • Tuition and fees
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Study-abroad costs
  • Non-essential utilities (e.g., cable)
  • Credit cards, personal loans and other debts
  • Penalties, fines and parking tickets
  • Entertainment costs

Students interested in an Emergency Grant must complete and submit an Emergency Grant Application to the USD Office of Student Services. To be eligible, an applicant must be a full-time student in good academic and financial standing with USD. Applications will be considered by a committee established by Student Services.

Apply for the Student Emergency Grant