Emergency Funding for Students
As of January 2023, The Buccaneer Student Crisis Fund has awarded over $150,000 to over 275 students in need. Private donations make this possible!
Crisis fund awards are currently on hold until we receive sufficient private donations to begin reviewing requests again.
If you or someone you know can make a donation of any amount to the fund, please click here to donate.
The Buccaneer Student Crisis Fund was established to provide assistance to currently enrolled students who experience an extenuating circumstance that could affect their ability to remain a student.
Examples circumstances for students:
- Loss of a family member
- Loss of residence
- Serious personal illness
- Loss of income
Needs the fund could be used to meet:
- Food and clothing
- Books or technology
- Travel stipends for emergency situations
- Unexpected expenses such as car repair
- Rent and utility bills, if being able to pay is impacted by the specific extenuating circumstance
- Housing stipends for on-campus housing
Needs the fund cannot be used to meet:
- Tuition and fees
- Unessential utilities (cable)
- Any regularly anticipated expense that is not impacted by the specific extenuating circumstance
Funding from the BSCF is open to all students who are currently enrolled in courses. Students must establish the need and have no other financial resources to meet that need, including financial aid eligibility, financial support from family, personal credit, or access to other loans. Timeliness in the student being able to access financial aid or private loans is taken into consideration.The Dean of Students Office, in coordination with the CARE Team, reviews and approves requests. Students may apply for assistance from the BSCF no more than once per term. The maximum award granted is $500. Students who are at or above their "cost of attendance" for ETSU cannot receive any additional aid, including a BSCF award.
Review and Processing for the BSCF:
University staff will review applications on a regular and ongoing basis. A member of the the Dean of Students office team will communicate with you if there are concerns or if additional information is needed.
If approved, the student will receive an email sent to his or her ETSU email account with notice of a refund. If no direct deposit bank account is set up, payment by check may take up to ten business days to be received.
In addition to the Buccaneer Student Crisis Fund...
The Bucs for Books Scholarship Fund was established to provide course material assistance to currently enrolled students who experience an extenuating circumstance that could affect their ability to remain a student.
To apply for a Bucs for Books scholarship please email a short narrative describing how a Bucs for Books scholarship award could assist you with meeting your academic goals. Scholarships are designed to help students with financial challenges meet their needs.