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East Tennessee State University

Emergency Funding for Students


ETSU currently has two different funds to provide students with emergency funding

1) Buccaneer Student Crisis Fund, which is an institutional fund created from private donations and;

2) The federal CARES Act emergency grant fund, which was created by federal funding from the CARES Act (2020)

See below for information on both funding opportunities, including how to apply



1) 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 include the following:

  • 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)
  • Entertainment 
  • 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.


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.


Apply now for the Buccaneer Student Crisis Fund:

Apply for the Student Crisis Fund

Give to the Buccaneer Student Crisis Fund:

Give to the Student Crisis Fund 


2) Federal CARES Act emergency grants:

ETSU set aside 10% of the initial payment of federal CARES Act funding for direct student emergency grants.

Students who met eligibility requirements and received an initial payment from the federal CARES Act may apply for additional funding. CARES Act emergency grants can be used to cover expenses related to food, housing, healthcare, childcare, technology, or course materials. 

To apply for additional funding through the federal CARES Act, complete this form.

You will need to sign in using your ETSU ID and password.

Please allow 5-10 business days for a review of your request.


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