A&S Emergency Fund

The A&S Emergency Fund is designed to provide short-term financial assistance to A&S undergraduate students with emergency expenses resulting from situations such as accidents, illness, or death of a family member.


This funding is not intended to replace or supplement existing financial aid. These one-time funds are typically limited to $1,000, though A&S may approve requests up to $2000. To receive these funds, a student’s account balance must be $1000 or less. A&S will disburse funds directly to recipient’s Catalyst account; as such, funding is first applied to any outstanding account balance.

Unexpected expenses may include but are not limited to:

  • Essential cost-of-living expenses
  • Books or other academic expenses
  • Costs related to health care
  • Transportation costs

Eligible recipients must:

  • Be enrolled in classes
  • Have a financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incident since the beginning of the current term
  • Have exhausted all other resources through Financial Aid
  • Have an outstanding student account balance of $500 or less

Application Process

Students seeking emergency financial assistance must apply for consideration. Complete the A&S Emergency Fund Application.

A&S will review applications on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must meet with a college representative to discuss their application and circumstances. Approval is at the discretion of the Office of the Dean and subject to the availability of funds.

Questions about the A&S Emergency Fund should be directed to ArtSciCares@ucmail.uc.edu.

Adapted from the Bearcat Emergency Fund