Emergency Student Support Fund

UM Emergency Student Support Fund

The University of Montana Emergency Student Support Fund has been established to help enrolled students with unexpected crisis or hardship created by COVID-19. Whether they need to pay rent, repair their car, cannot afford necessary prescriptions, cannot afford course materials or are unable to pay for an emergency medical procedure as a result of COVID-19, the fund is designated to help alleviate short-term financial need. Funds cannot be used to pay existing debts to the university. 

Funds are made available through the generous donations of family, friends and alumni of the University of Montana. The funds are intended to provide financial assistance to current University of Montana students only.


Students who would like to be considered for the funding available through the Emergency Student Support Fund must meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled for the current semester
  • Financial aid: If the student applicant is receiving financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid, the student must be maintaining the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards established by the Office of Financial Aid. For more information, please visit UM's Financial Aid website.


Please monitor your UM Student Email address, as those students who have been identified as meeting the minimum requirements for receiving CARES Act grant aid received an email which provided Instructions, direction, and guidance on how to apply for these federal funds. Please email financial aid at faid@mso.umt.edu if you did not receive an email and you have a qualifying emergency expense.


Examples of how current situations/students could immediately benefit from such a fund:

  • Technology and connectivity needs related to distance learning
  • Books and other instructional expenses
  • Tuition and instructional fees
  • Housing/Rent/Utilities
  • Food/Groceries
  • Personal Automobile/Transportation
  • Medical/Dental bills (cannot cover outstanding balances)
  • Childcare
  • Other emergency or unforeseen circumstances