Student Emergency Support Fund

TUC Student Emergency Support Fund

The TUC Student Emergency Support Fund provides financial assistance to currently enrolled TUC students (Full or Part time) who are unable to meet immediate or essential expenses.  Award amounts will vary depending on the type of emergency, the individual circumstances, the needs of the student affected by the emergency, the amount remaining in the Emergency Fund, and the determination of TUC in administering those funds.  Please note that there is limited funding within the Student Emergency Support Fund so priority funding consideration will be given to those who have the greatest need.

 Emergency Support Fund Application

Expenses Covered by the Emergency Fund (this list is not in priority order):

  • Books and other essential academic expenses
  • Medications and other costs related to a medical emergency or medical care
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  • Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)
  • Food, housing, and utilities
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family or of a close friend
  • Repairs from an automobile accident involving the student

Expenses Not Covered

  • Tuition, fees, and health insurance
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft.
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must have a financial hardship (i.e. lack of funding to pay) resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incident.
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled students (Full or Part-Time) and in good standing (academic and conduct) with Touro University California.
  • All other resources, including emergency loans through Financial Aid must have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.
  • An individual is only eligible one time during the academic year at TUC to receive emergency assistance.
  • Applicants must complete all application questions in full and submit supporting documentation.

Application Process

Prior to applying to the Student Emergency Support, students are required to meet with the Financial Aid Office to see if they are eligible for additional funding/loans.  Many qualified TUC students have the ability to obtain additional funding since they are below their loan maximum.  The benefit of students working with the Financial Aid office to increase their loan amount includes:


  • There is often more funding available to students than what is available within the Student Emergency Support fund.
  • Students will receive their funding quickly.
  • Students will not be charged interest on borrowed funds from federally financed loans until the end of September 2020.


For more information on how one may increase their loan amount, students should contact the TUC Financial Aid office at finaid@tu.edu or meet virtually with the TUC Financial Aid staff at http://studentservices.tu.edu/financialaid/index.html.  Students who are currently receiving financial aid should be aware that receiving funding from the Emergency Fund may affect their future aid packages. 


Once having met with Financial Aid and having completed the fund Application, the Student Emergency Support Fund Committee will review the submitted applications and will determine the appropriate funding amount. Funds distributed will not generally exceed $500. The committee will review applications requesting in excess of $500 for unique and unusual circumstances of emergency financial need.  Once a determination has been made on an application, the committee will notify both the student and Financial Aid.  If an award is granted, Financial Aid will distribute the funds.


Award Criteria

The Student Emergency Fund Committee will review student applications and will award funding based on how the award is in alignment with one or more of the following criteria (the higher the identified criteria, the higher likelihood of the award being granted):

  1. Basic Human Needs:  Food, water, shelter
  2. Safety Needs:  Security and Safety
  3. Health Needs:  Medications & other costs related to a medical emergency or medical care
  4. Educational Needs:  Books and other essential academic supplies
  5. Family Needs:  Care for a family member, childcare, etc.
  6. Essential Personal Belongings: Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  7. Travel Needs:  Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family