Financial Crisis Grant

Program Overview: The Graduate Student Crisis Grant Program is sponsored and funded by the University of Nevada Graduate Student Association, to offer financial relief to University of Nevada, Reno graduate students experiencing a sudden and unexpected financial crisis for which no other sources of assistance are available. The goal of this program is to keep in school those students who might otherwise have to withdraw. One-time grants of up to $1500 may be awarded to eligible students.

Eligibility: To qualify for a GSA Financial Crisis Grant, students must carry a full-time course load (9 credits, or 6 credits with a graduate assistantship). Students must also have and maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Qualifying Criteria: The GSA Financial Crisis Grant Program is intended to be used as a last resort when it is clear that no other sources of aid are available. It is not intended to relieve financial hardship that should have, or could have, been foreseen and budgeted for. Eligible circumstances include, but are not limited to:

  • the sudden death or mortal illness of a close relative overseas in a student's home country
  • unavoidable homelessness/destitution
  • Serious illness of uninsured dependent child or spouse.

Application Instructions: Students must fill out the Financial Crisis Grant application form in its entirety, and write a supporting letter. Application packets will be reviewed by the Director of Graduate Student Services and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. The applicant must meet with the Director of Graduate Student Services, and may be required to meet with student financial services, counseling services, or other relevant university departments prior to the disbursal of the crisis grant. Final eligibility for the GSA Financial Crisis Grant will be determined by the Director of Graduate Student Services and the Associate Dean of the Graduate School.

Disbursal of Grants: GSA Financial Crisis Grants will be disbursed in the form of a check by the University of Nevada, Reno Cashier's Office. It is the responsibility of the applicant to meet with the Financial Aid office to determine the impact of this award on any current or future financial aid.

Contact Information: Questions may be directed to the Graduate Student Association offices (784.4629, gsa@unr.edu). Completed application packets, including all supporting documentation, should be delivered to the GSA Offices, on the third floor of the Joe Crowley Student Union, or mailed to:Graduate Student Association

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