Emergency Grants

USP offers two types of Emergency Grants for students that:

  1. Are not receiving federal Financial Aid and loans;
  2. Are Dream Aid recipients; and
  3. Are undocumented.

Emergency grants do not have to be paid back and students apply through an online application. Students are awarded based on need and on a first-come first-served basis. The application is posted by the sixth week of each semester. Students can only receive each emergency grant one time per academic year. The housing emergency grant is intended for extenuating housing-related costs whereas the general emergency grant is intended for extenuating food security, medical, dental, computer, and other unforeseen emergencies.

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Each grant is awarded for up to $500 each.

With the help of generous donors, we were able to assist 73 students in Fall 2018.

The Spring 2019 Emergency Grant Application is now open! Submissions will be reviewed on a weekly basis, and the application closes Tuesday, May 7th or once funds are exhausted.

USP Basic Needs Grant

USP is able to provide a limited amount of grants in the amount of $2500 to students who do not qualify for work study. Applicants will be prioritized based on financial need. Please complete this application if you fit this category. Please note that submissions will only be reviewed in the fall and spring semesters.

USP Food Security & Nourishment Application

USP is able to provide a limited number of meal plans to students experiencing food insecurity. Food insecurity is defined as not having enough or any access to nutritious food. The application for this academic year is now closed.

Mental Health Refund Application

USP is able to provide refunds to students for costs related to mental health support. For more information and to access the application, please see our Mental Health Support page.