Emergency Resources

Michigan Tech Financial Resources

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 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 below, please complete the application for emergency assistance.  Grants typically do not exceed $500.  Funding can be granted once per calendar year.
If you received money from one of the above funds during this calendar year, you may not qualify for additional funding.

We recognize that opportunities for employment may be limited depending on the Health and Safety Level of the campus.  Please refer to the list below for criteria regarding the emergency funds.

Emergency Fund Eligibility Criteria regardless of Health and Safety Level:

  • Students who have graduated or on OPT 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.
  • 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.
  • 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,

      • Health and Safety Levels 4 & 5:
        • Students must be an active enrolled student.  During summer students must be active, and enrolled in the previous semester.
        • Committee may consider requests for rent, food, other bills in addition to medical bills, emergency travel, and other expenses related to an unexpected event.
        • Documentation for expenses may or may not be required for any request.
        • Most requests will be funded at $500.00 to be used for various needs.

      • Health and Safety Level 3:
        • Students must be an active enrolled student.  During summer students must be active, and enrolled in the previous semester.
        • Committee may consider requests for rent, food, and other bills on a case by case basis.
        • Committee may consider requests for medical bills, emergency travel, and other expenses related to an unexpected event.
        • Requests will be funded for the amount requested but not beyond $500.00 unless the committee determines the need is greater.

      • Health and Safety Levels 1 & 2:
        • Students must be an active enrolled student.  During summer students must be active, and enrolled in the previous semester.
        • Committee may consider requests for medical bills, emergency travel, and other expenses related to an unexpected event.
        • Committee may consider requests for rent, food, and other bills on a case by case basis
        • Documentation for requests is required.
        • Requests will be funded for the amount requested but not beyond $500.00 unless the committee determines the need is greater.

Food Resources

  • 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,

Medical

  • Medical:  hospitals can offer payment plans or other assistance for payment,

Internet Resources

  • WiFi hotspots:  map displaying where wifi hotspots are located

Non-Michigan Tech Financial Resources

  • Student Relief Fund helps students identify resources and solutions for financial help,
  • One Fair Wage assists those who are restaurant workers, delivery drivers or other service workers who are losing wages during this time

Michigan Residents

  • 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

Other

  • Aunt Bertha is a comprehensive site that provides links to many services (food, housing, money,etc.) depending on your area code,
  • 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,