One of Michigan Tech's main priorities is the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff. The Husky Emergency Assistance Fund(HEAF) has been established to help members of our campus community who are experiencing financial hardship due to an emergent event. Michigan Tech originally established this fund in 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. The fund is supported by the generous donations of Michigan Tech alumni and friends.
If you have any questions or need clarification regarding the application, please email us at HEAF@mtu.edu or call 906-487-1567. When faced with uncertainty and/or crisis, we want you to know that Michigan Tech cares. Please know we are here to support you in any way we can.
Frequently Asked Questions
Those who are eligible to apply include current students, faculty, and staff who have incurred crisis or emergency-related expenses or losses, and can demonstrate need. Related expenses include basic needs such as food, shelter, utilities, or health care.
No, the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund does not provide assistance for tuition expenses. Those in need of tuition assistance should contact the Student Financial Services Center for more information.
No, the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund is not a loan and the funds are not taxed. The funds given out do not need to be repaid. We ask that the funds distributed be used as designated in the application form.
The Husky Emergency Assistance Fund committee keeps applications private. Only individuals who are part of the Husky Emergency Assistance Fund committee or the Michigan Tech Fund receive applications for assistance. Supervisors will not be notified about the application so long as they are not on the committee. In the event of a conflict of interest, committee members are instructed to disclose their conflict as soon as possible to the committee.
The amount granted typically does not exceed $500 once per calendar year. The amount of financial assistance granted to applicants is determined and approved by two cross-functional committees. One committee oversees employee applications, while the other committee oversees student applications.
The committees make every effort to process applications as soon as possible. Applicants can expect to be notified about their application within 7-10 business days.
Please note that while we will do our best to fill your request, the actual distribution of assistance will be based on the availability of funds and the number of requests received. Applicants must meet the basic needs criteria. If denied, applicants can choose to reapply.