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East Tennessee State University

Emergency Funding for Students

The Buccaneer Student Crisis Fund, a private donation fund, was created in 2019 to provide financial assistance to currently enrolled ETSU students who are experiencing an unexpected loss or hardship that could affect their ability to remain at ETSU. These funds will be distributed through an application process that students can initiate by submitting a care report.

In addition to the Buccaneer Student Crisis Fund, beginning May 25, 2020, ETSU will be reviewing applications for additional grants from the federal CARES Act funding. Students who are eligible and who have experienced disruptions due to COVID-19 can apply by submitting a care report. Please review eligibility guidelines below.

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.


The federal CARES Act grants are available to students who meet eligibility requirements as outlined by the Department of Education. This fund is seperate and distinct from the BSCF. The eligibility requirements include the following:

  • You must have completed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and all applicable verification requirements;
  • You must be a degree-seeking student in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional school program;
  • You must have been enrolled Spring 2020 courses;
  • You must have been enrolled in all on-ground or a mix of on-ground and online courses;
  • You must be meeting Federal Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Requirements; 
  • You must be a U.S. citizen;
  • You must not be in student loan default; and
  • You must otherwise be eligible for Title IV Federal Student Aid.

If you have received a prior federal CARES Act disbursment which was posted automatically to your student account, you are eligible to apply for additional funding through this CARES Act grant application process.You must provide a detailed narrative describing the hardship and disruption you are experiencing related to the pandemic and the spread of COVID-19. You must also include a list of expenses and the amount you are requesting. The maximum one-time award considered is $1500.

Funding from the federal CARES Act grant must be cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus. This includes, but is not limited to, eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare. (U.S. Department of Education)


Review and Processing for both the BSCF and the federal CARES Act grants: 

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 or the federal CARES Act grant:

Apply for the Student Crisis Fund

Give to the Buccaneer Student Crisis Fund:

Give to the Student Crisis Fund 


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