Emergency funding

Sometimes, even with the best planning, you may run into a situation that is out of your control and you may need help to deal with the problem. One option might be short-term, usually one-time, emergency funding to help cover a shortfall due to an unexpected emergency situation when no other financial options are available. Emergency funding does not need to be repaid.

Examples of emergency funding cases

  • A student’s rental unit flooded. Despite having rental insurance, the student did not have the $250 needed to pay for some of the cost associated with moving suddenly.
  • A student became ill and required a specialized diet that doubled their food budget for 2 months. The student did not have access to any other financial resources to pay an additional $400 in food costs.

Other examples where emergency funding may be considered, if all other resources have been exhausted:

  • Delays in transferring funds out of a country
  • Death in the family
  • An exceptional, unexpected medical situation
  • An unexpected change in living situation
  • Food insecurity
  • Other unforeseen circumstances you could not have planned for

Some items that UBC does not provide funding for include (but are not limited to) tuition, student fees, credit card payments, car payments, gym membership, and pet care. Emergency funding is not intended to support family or friends.

Additional Resources

How to apply

If you find yourself in an emergency situation or faced with an unexpected expense, email Admissions & Awards. Our office will set up an appointment to discuss your unforeseen circumstances and eligibility for emergency funding, as well as other resources which may be available to you.