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The GPSG Emergency Fund exists to provide financial assistance to graduate and professional students with emergency financial assistance for unforeseen financial circumstances that could hinder their ability to complete their graduate or professional degrees. 

Review the Emergency Fund Process below prior to applying, including the Eligibility Process. The application can be found below. If any other questions remain, please contact the GPSG VP for Finance.


The Emergency Fund has supported countless students during their time of need. Through donations from our community at-large, we can continue to support our graduate and professional students. Our students are very appreciative of such awards that help them continue focusing on their academics. 

 “I appreciate your help from the bottom of my heart!”

“Thank you for being available for questions and helping me throughout the process.”

“Your help means a great deal to me, and I am extremely grateful.”

Consider donating to our Emergency Fund. Follow the link below, click on “Search Additional Funds” from the Top Funds drop-down menu and type in “GPSG Emergency Fund”

 GPSG Emergency Fund Donation

Emergency Fund Process


To be eligible to receive funds under the GPSG Emergency Fund, students must meet the following requirements:

** Students must first apply to the UNC Dean of Students Emergency Fund, unless an exception is granted by the Director of Community Engagement due to a time-sensitive emergency.

Funding Limitations

The GPSG Emergency Fund may be used to pay for the following:

  • Rent, utilities and other essential household expenses
  • Medications and other costs related to medical care (self or family)
  • Safety needs (i.e. changing of locks)
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  • Travel costs related to death or illness in the immediate family
  • Costs related to childcare

The GPSG Emergency may not be used to pay for the following:

  • Academic-related costs, including but not limited to:
    • Study abroad costs
    • Books
    • Conference/research travel (see the GPSG Travel Awards)
    • Tuition and fee costs
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Parking tickets or other legal/criminal fines
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel, or other non-essential expenses

Due to the limited amount of the Emergency Fund, The GPSG will usually award a maximum of $500.00 per application.


The GPSG Emergency Fund Application can be accessed below.

Please log-in with your Onyen. You will be required to submit relevant receipts and financial statements with your application.

GPSG Emergency Fund Application


  • The Director of Community Engagement shall determine if the applicant is eligible according to the standards established in Treasury Law (see link below).
  • If the applicant is eligible according to those requirements, the Director of Community Engagement shall contact the Dean of Students Emergency Fund to inquire the applicant’s status with them, except in cases where an applicant is granted a time-sensitive exception.
  • Upon notification by Dean of Students that the applicant is eligible, the Director of Community Engagement shall compile all application material and distribute the material to the selection committee for a blind review process within one (1) business day of notification.
  • The Committee members will review the application and submit their funding recommendations to the Director of Community Engagement within one (1) business day of receipt of the application.
  • Funding must be approved by a majority vote of the. The amount awarded shall be calculated by averaging the amounts recommended by the committee. If there are significant differences in recommendations, a meeting (or electronic communication) may be called for further discussion.
  • Applications set to receive funding must be signed by the GPSG
  • The Director of Community Engagement shall notify the applicant and the VP for Finance of the status of the request on the same business day as the Committee’s decision is finalized.
  • The application must submit a post-funding report within four (4) weeks of disbursement. Applicants who do not submit a report will be in bad spending with The GPSG.

Treasury Law

Post-Funding Requirements

Within four (4) weeks of disbursement, a post-funding report must be submitted to the GPSG VP for Finance through the following link. 

Post-Funding Report