Funding Guidelines

GPSF Emergency Fund Application

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Donate to the Emergency Fund

(Select “The Graduate School” from the first drop-down menu, then select “GPSF Emergency Fund” from the second.)

The GPSF Emergency Fund was created in 2013 to assist graduate and professional students at UNC-CH affected by unforeseen financial circumstances that could hinder their ability to complete their graduate career. Please review the Eligibility criteria below to see if you qualify.

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The GPSF Emergency Fund was featured in a 2013 article in the Daily Tar Heel.

Funding Guidelines

  • Students are encouraged to apply concurrently to the UNC Student Emergency Fund when applying to the Graduate and Professional Student Emergency Fund.
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Applicants must demonstrate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unplanned event.
    • Applicants must have been enrolled at the University in a degree-seeking program during the past six months.
    • Applicants are only eligible prior to graduation.
    • All other resources, including emergency loans through Scholarships and Student Aid, must have been considered and are insufficient or not available in a timely manner.
    • Applicants must complete all questions in full and submit supporting documentation.
  • Things that can be funded:
    • Rent, utilities and other essential household expenses
    • Medications and other costs related to medical care (self or family)
    • Safety needs (i.e. changing of locks)
    • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
    • Travel costs related to death or illness in the immediate family
    • Costs related to childcare
  • Things that cannot be funded:
    • Academic-related costs, including but not limited to:
      • Study abroad costs
      • Books
      • Conference/research travel (see the GPSF Travel Awards)
      • Tuition and fee costs
    • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
    • Parking tickets or other legal/criminal fines
    • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel, or other non-essential expenses
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