Emergency Relief Grant

*** The UCSB GSA Emergency Grant program has utilized all its funds for the 2018-2019 academic year. We will therefore not be accepting new applications until after we receive more funds towards the end of summer quarter. If you experience a financial emergency during this time, we recommend you reach out to the financial crisis response team for assistance: http://food.ucsb.edu/about/committees/financial-crisis-response-team  ***


The GSA Emergency Relief Grant was approved by the UCSB graduate student body in 2011 and is designed to help graduate students who are experiencing sudden financial distress due to unforeseen circumstances.  Examples of this type of hardship may include, but are not limited to, the loss of an immediate family member, medical emergency, or an unexpected loss of employment. The amount of an award ranges between $100 and $1000 depending upon individual circumstances. The amount to be awarded is decided by the GSA Emergency Grant Advisory Board. The eight member Advisory Board consists of campus administrators, staff, and members of the GSA executive council.

If your emergency is for unpaid medical expenses, it is recommended you apply first to SMERF and then apply to the Emergency Grant for any expenses SMERF doesn't cover. Additionally, reaching out to the financial crisis response team before applying can help you ensure you are optimally leveraging all campus resources.


GSA Emergency Funding Instructions


The Emergency Grant will not be awarded to applicants that have unused personal savings or financial aid resources available.  Awards will also not be given to students if hardship is determined to be the result of personal financial mismanagement (e.g., gambling) or family financial stress that does not directly impact a student’s ability to remain enrolled at UCSB.  This grant is not intended to offset hardship caused by a lack of TA or GSR employment.


The application process can take anywhere from two to four weeks to complete once the application packet is received by the Advisory Board.


For questions and comments, please contact our VP of Budget and Finance