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Student Emergency Funding Sources

Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund has been created from a generous gift and additional donations, which are tax deductible, are welcome. The purpose of the fund is to provide financial assistance to students who are faced with an emergency that immediately affects their ability to continue their studies. Examples of qualifying needs include, but are not limited to:

  • medical or dental bills not covered by insurance
  • travel to a funeral or to attend to an important family matter
  • loss from theft or fire
  • loss of income or housing
  • recovery from illness or accident

Graduate students wanting to apply to the Student Emergency Fund should complete the online request form.  Some detailing of the student’s financial situation is necessary to establish eligibility and additional information may be requested.  Expenses for incidents that occurred earlier than 12 months from time of request will not be considered.  Awards are contingent on the availability of funds and students must be currently enrolled and in good academic standing. 

Requests for emergency funds will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If you require immediate assistance please contact us at (626)395-6346 or gradofc@caltech.edu to set up an appointment to speak to a Dean.  Please note, funds for legal fees or litigation expenses are not covered by the emergency fund, but students may apply for an emergency loan (see below).

Short-term Emergency Loan

Students may also apply for a short-term emergency loan of up to $2,000, interest-free for the first 90 days.  Refer to Loans for additional information.