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MSU Denver Student Emergency Fund

Life happens. One of MSU Denver’s core values is access—all students should have access to resources they need to succeed in college and finish their education.

The Student Emergency Fund was created to assist students in need. The fund is managed by a campus committee and is currently accepting and reviewing applications. Applications will be reviewed as funds last. Once funds are exhausted, additional applications will not be reviewed. All decisions are final.

The MSU Denver Student Emergency Fund is an emergency stipend for MSU Denver students who are dealing with an unanticipated life event. Students are able to receive one-time funding for up to $500. The funds are capped at $500 and requests for amounts over $500 must be approved by the Emergency Fund Committee. The MSU Denver Student Emergency Fund may affect future financial aid award packages for students and may be considered taxable income. 

The intention of this fund is to provide one-time support to a student who is faced with a financial emergency which might otherwise cause the student to stop or pause their educational goals. Awards are given based on need and dependent upon available emergency funds. This award will only be granted after a student has exhausted all other funding options.

The Dean of Students Office wants to support you. If you are unsure if your unanticipated life event qualifies, feel free to call the office at 303-615-0220 to ask questions.

The MSU Denver Student Emergency Fund is a resource available for students dealing with an unanticipated event.

In order to submit an application, students must complete the following:

  • online application below,
  • submit documentation of financial need (e.g. a copy of a bill, quote for medical procedure, demand for rent, etc...) and
  • a personal statement.

Keep in mind, applications will be responded to as quickly as possible. Once a complete application is submitted, a representative from the Dean of Students Office will contact you to set up a meeting. Thoroughly review requirements before submitting an application.


Eligibility Requirements:

  • Student must be matriculated and be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.0 or showing forward progress;
  • Student must have a record of good conduct (considered on a case by case basis);
  • Student must submit a completed application, personal statement, and supplementary documents showing need;
  • Students are only eligible to receive this fund once an academic year.

Expenses covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Required class expenses not covered by the bookstore loan
  • Fees for exams or certifications required for degree completion but not covered by tuition or financial aid
  • Personal medical, dental, or mental health emergencies
  • Emergency family medical or death expenses
  • Safety and Health related needs
  • Rent and Utilities, in case of emergency
    • For example: If you are hospitalized and unable to work, therefore you cannot pay your rent.
  • Care for dependents
  • Costs related to major accidents or loss due to fire, theft, or natural disaster

Expenses NOT covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Legal fees
  • Tuition & Fees
  • Student travel/conference
  • Non-essential utilities (determined by committee)
  • Costs of entertainment, recreation, personal, or non-emergency travel expenses
  • Outstanding personal debt

The committee reserves the right to request documentation and receipts.

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  • Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP)- Helps eligible families afford child care for children up to age 13 and for youth with special needs through age 18. This program does have income requirements; please refer to website for list of guidelines.
  • United Way 211- Call and speak with a Childcare Resources & Referrals (CCR&R) Specialist or refer to their list of resources depending on location:

Victim Assistance:

  • Victims Compensation- Can cover expenses related to funeral costs, mental health expenses, medical expenses, lost wages, locks and door, residential property damage, loss of support to dependents.
  • Center for Trauma and Resilience- Can cover expenses related to replacing locks and doors, will review case by case and can sometimes cover bills.
  • United Way 211- Call to discuss additional options depending on the circumstances.  

Housing and Utility Assistance:

  • Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program (TRUA)- This program is through the City and County of Denver offers resources to help mitigate displacement and help avoid eviction. Program is for Denver residents only, income restrictions.
  • Denver Department of Human Services- Provides rental, deposit, and eviction assistance to low-income families.
  • Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)- Applications are accepted each year. There are guidelines around income, please refer to website for more information.
  • United Way 211- They evaluate all housing and utility options at the end of every month to determine what agencies have funding. They also have an online database with a list of options by county:

Medical Expenses:

  • Medicaid- Health insurance that covers low-income families, can apply through Colorado Peak website.
  • Colorado Coalition for the Homeless provides vision care/eye glasses regardless of insurance.
  • Basic Needs Assistance (Saint John’s Episcopal Church) Bridge House- Can provide limited dental assistance, eyeglass prescription, health insurance enrollment, bus fare, clothing vouches, rental assistance, and ID and birth certificate assistance.
  • University of Colorado at Anschutz Medical Campus- Provides free dental screenings and x-rays at various times throughout the year.
  • United Way 211- Has an extensive database of resources for people seeking a number of medical issues for example, assistance with getting hearing aids, immunizations, wheelchairs. Please call or refer to their online database for financial assistance:


  • Denver Inner City Parish- Can provide discounted prepaid bus passes, emergency meals, mail and phone services.
  • Jubilee Center-Can provide gas vouchers from Safeway for Denver residents, available once per lifetime.
  • As an MSU Denver student a student ID and RTD pass are included in students fees, money has been allocated to assist current students with transportation needs to get a replacement student ID and RTD pass. ($22 for replacement student ID and $10 replacement RTD pass with tuition bill and your student ID).
  • United Way 211- For any additional transportation needs please call 2-1-1 or refer to their online database:

Food and Personals:

  • For information on the nearest food bank near you please call the Hunger Free Hotline at 1-855-855-4626.
  • Please refer to the Roadrunner food pantry to assist with food and personal items.
  • The Gathering Place- Offers a number of different services, they are a day shelter than can assist with emergency food, clothing, and hygiene supplies.

Emergency Shelter:

  • Denver Human Services- Can offer year round motel vouchers for Denver county families with children.
  • Samaritan House- Can offer emergency motel vouchers for families.
  • Denver Sheriff’s Department- Can provide emergency motel vouchers for families.
  • Jefferson County Human Services- Can provide emergency motel vouchers.
  • United Way 211- Please call 211 or consult with online database to determine additional options.



The MSU Denver Student Emergency Fund was created to assist students with unanticipated life events. To support students who encounter unexpected hardships and financial emergencies while pursuing degrees at MSU Denver, you can donate to the fund.

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