With the impact of the pandemic, we are seeing an increase in applications and are reviewing daily. We will respond as quickly as possible.

All grants from the Student Emergency Fund will be reported to financial aid and may impact other financial aid awards. You are encouraged to apply for assistance from Financial Aid first, as you may be able to receive more support than what is available from this fund: https://www.utsa.edu/coronavirus/student-financial-assistance.html.

The application below is separate from Financial Aid/CARES Act funding and is available for emergency needs that are not covered by other resources/ sources of funding.

Student Emergency Fund


The University of Texas at San Antonio Student Emergency Fund is provided through the generous donations from university students, Parents, alumni and faculty and staff. This fund is for limited financial assistance when students are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency situation. Some funds are counted as income and are subject to federal taxes.

To ensure we can help as many students as possible, we plan to limit grants to less than $500, unless there are extraordinary circumstances.

Types of Covered Expenses:

There are ranges of incidents that may incur financial hardships. Typical expenses that may be covered include but are not limited to:

  • Medications/Prescriptions or costs related to medical care
  • Assistance with rent or utilities due to emergency situation*
  • Books, fees or other school-related expenses
  • Safety related needs (i.e. changing a lock on vehicle or home)
  • Replacement of personal belongings due to fire or natural disaster

Due to COVID-19, the Student Emergency Fund will not be prioritizing rent and utilities at this time because of the executive orders halting evictions from rental units and utilities not cutting services. We are monitoring changes and will change prioritization based on local, state, and federal mandates.

Other Resources for COVID-19:

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled student at The University of Texas at San Antonio and have temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency situation.
  • Other possible resources have been considered and are not available or insufficient
  • Be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship

Application Process:

  • Applications must be completed and submitted by a current UTSA student. Funds are only granted to student recipients and applications received by other sources will not be considered.
    Contact Student Emergency Fund Coordinator via email (RSAA@utsa.edu) or call 210-458-8643 for more information.
  • Complete the application and submit it with supporting documentation to RSAA@utsa.edu.
  • If approved, you will be notified the grant amount and when the money will be deposited in your account.

To ensure we can help as many students as possible, we plan to limit grants to less than $500, unless there are extraordinary circumstances.

Staff Discretion:

Decisions regarding distributions of monies from the Student Emergency Fund will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be made by the SEF committee.


For additional information or questions about the Student Emergency Fund contact the Student Emergency Fund Coordinator at 210-458-8643 or via email at RSAA@utsa.edu.