The Dean of Students Office aims to provide students with a range of resources to address various emergency situations they may experience while enrolled. The Dean of Students Office partners with parents and family members to assist students during their time at Michigan Tech.
The list below of resources is subject to change in accordance with availability and relevance. If you have any questions or concerns about resources available to students, please contact the Dean of Students Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 906-487-2212.
Emergency and Assistance Funds
- Husky Emergency Assistance Fund
- Betty Chavis Emergency Fund
- International Student Emergency Fund
- Graduate School Emergency Fund (Loan Program)
- Husky FAN: Food pantry and emergency meals,
- Western UP Food Bank (Houghton),
- BHK Community Action Agency can provide monthly food options to those in need: 906-482-5528,
- FoodPantries.org will help you find food in any state,
- WhyHunger also has an option online to help you find food where you are or a hotline to call 1-800-548-5679,
- Feeding America works with a network of food banks, including Western UP Food Bank, to help people find food,
- Student Health Services: On- and off-campus resources for students seeking medical care,
- Student Insurance: if you do not have insurance you may want to look into an option available to students,
- Payment plans: hospitals can offer payment plans or other assistance for outstanding
payments not covered by insurance. If you need assistance in reaching out to the
correct office please email email@example.com for assistance.
Michigan Tech and its Alumni are committed to providing support to students who are experiencing a financial emergency due to unforeseen emergency circumstances; these funds are not intended to meet an unmet Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or to pay for tuition and school supplies. Four funds are available depending on student type, and a single application serves as a request for the three funds.
- Betty Chavis Emergency Fund: Available to domestic undergraduate and graduate students.
- International Student Emergency Fund: Available to international undergraduate and graduate students.
- Graduate School Emergency Fund (Loan Program): Available to domestic or international graduate students.
- Husky Emergency Assistance Fund: Available to domestic or international undergraduate and graduate students who are experiencing financial hardship.
If your needs cannot be addressed with one of the support resources listed on this webpage, please complete the application for emergency assistance. If you have questions about the application please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 906-487-2212.
Grants typically do not exceed $500.
If you received money from one of the above funds during this calendar year, you may not qualify for additional funding.
Emergency Fund Eligibility Criteria:
- Students must be an active enrolled student at the time of application. During summer semesters, students must be active and enrolled in the previous semester.
- Students who have graduated, or on OPT at the time of application are not eligible for emergency funds.
- Students may be granted an emergency fund request once per calendar year. Under extenuating circumstances additional requests may be considered.
- Committee may consider requests for medical bills, emergency travel, and other expenses related to an unexpected event.
- Medical bills include unexpected medical care for the enrolled student. Medical bills associated with medical care for family members is not typically funded, but may be considered on a case by case basis.
- Emergency travel may include transportation costs (airfare, bus ticket, gas, etc) for emergencies such as the passing of a family member or other unexpected event.
- Committee may consider requests for rent, food, and other bills on a case by case basis.
- Students must have exhausted financial aid opportunities before being considered for emergency funds. Financial services may be able to provide alternative funds for students based on their situation.
- Emergencies do not include; planned events (ie. wedding/event travel), tuition costs, or other school related expenses (textbooks, fees).
- Documentation is required for all requests. Documentation must relate to the financial
emergency being funded.
- MI Bridges is a site for Michigan residents to register and utilize resources for healthcare, food assistance, emergency relief, etc. While some students may not qualify for these benefits, parents of students may qualify.
- WiFi hotspots is a map displaying where wifi hotspots are located
- Findhelp.org is a comprehensive site that provides links to many services (food, housing, money,etc.) depending on your area code.
- Love INC of the Copper Country can assist with physical needs like furniture, linens, clothing, and personal care items (shampoo, soap, etc).
- Salvation Army Hancock can assist with food, emergency housing, utilities, and other emergency needs.
- Copper Country Angel Mission: can assist with clothing, especially winter coats, and other household needs.
- Clothes closet: Students may utilize the clothes closet located near the front desk of Douglass Houghton Hall, just off the connector space. This is a free resource for gently used clothing, winter wear, boots, shoes, etc.
- Depending on your area of residence, there may be other options available to assist you. Please refer to your city's webpage or local news site.
UHAUL Storage: storage option located in Hancock
- XPRESS Storage: storage option located in Houghton on M-26
- Keweenaw Storage: storage option located in Baraga
Emergency Contact Information
Students are required to keep all of their personal information up-to-date. Please keep this information current, as this information would be used to contact your family in the event of a health or safety emergency if you are unable to do so.
If you have been hospitalized as a result of an accident or serious illness. Please contact our office at 906-487-2212 or email us so that we can notify instructors and coordinate other University resources.
Safety First Alert
Safety First Alert is the campus emergency notification system used for sending emergency and time-sensitive notifications via voice, email, and text message. Students are required annually to either update their information or opt out of the Safety First Alert service. We encourage you to participate.
When to Contact Us
Contact the Dean of Students if you have concerns such as
- emotional distress and/or repeated tearful phone calls,
- academic difficulty,
- extreme stress,
- health concerns,
- major behavioral changes
- family issues that could affect your academic performance.
The Dean of Students Office can be contacted Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at 906-487-2212. Outside of these hours, please call Public Safety and Police Services at 906-487-2216, and they will contact the on-call counselor.
Please keep in mind that the office does comply with FERPA regulations to protect student privacy, and a release of information from the student is necessary before we can discuss their situation in detail.