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Emergency Funds

Students Helping Students

The Student Assembly established the Students Helping Students (SHS) Fund in 1985 to assist registered Cornell undergraduate students in financial need. The fund provides assistance to students with necessary emergency expenses incurred during the fall or spring semesters that cannot be funded by other means. Allowable expenses include, but are not limited to, travel expenses related to emergency situations (like the death of a relative); extra basic living expenses needed due to fire, destruction, or natural disaster; replacement of stolen goods (not lost due to negligence); and emergency medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance. SHS funds are not designed to cover standard expenses included in the budgeted cost of attendance for the academic year, non-emergency expenses, expenses that are extravagant or non-utilitarian, and so forth. 

The Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment administers the SHS Fund. If you are in need of emergency funding, please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment in 203 Day Hall to meet with a counselor or contact us at

The Student Assembly Financial Aid Review Committee (FARC), a committee convened by the Student Assembly, reviews and approves grants anonymously.


DACA Renewal Fee Emergency Funds

Cornell's Office of Financial Aid and Student Employment will provide grant support to students who face extenuating financial challenges filing the application renewal fee for DACA status.

These grants do not have to be repaid, and are only available to enrolled Cornell students with DACA status who are filing for status renewal. Emergency funds are available to each eligible student up to $495, to cover the cost of the renewal application for DACA status, employment authorization, and biometric services. Additional funds may be available to assist with transportation costs to the Syracuse, New York Field Support Office, if needed.

Review the eligibility and application requirements.