Emergency Relief Grant


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.

Note: if your emergency is for unpaid medical expenses, it is recommended you apply first to SMERF and then apply to the EGrant 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.


The entire process is now done confidentially through OrgSync, you can find the application here. Just fill out the application and submit. For further instructions, below is a quick overview of funding instructions.

To be eligible, you must:

1) Be currently enrolled as a Graduate Student at UCSB.
2) Have received this grant a maximum of one time previously (each student can receive this grant a maximum of two times).

The Emergency Grant application packet consists of the following items:

  1. Basic Information and Disclosures
  2. Personal statement of need
  3. Needs Assessment Questionnaire
  4. Copies of supporting documents

When are applications due?

Applications are accepted at anytime. The grant fund is limited though, so applicants have a better chance of receiving a grant if they apply earlier in the quarter. Graduate students may also apply during the summer. To qualify for summer consideration, students must be registered for the following fall quarter. 

Are there any situations the grant won’t cover?

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.

How long does the application process take?

The application process can take anywhere from two to four weeks to complete once the application packet is received by the Advisory Board. Once approved, your check will be available for pickup at the AS ticket office within 2-4 days..

Questions or Comments?

Questions about the award may be directed to the VP of Budget & Finances.