University Safety-Net Fund

The Safety Net Fund is a hardship fund created to provide undergraduate and graduate students access to financial support to assist with unforeseen or unusual financial hardship.  These funds are designed to cover expenses not covered by financial aid or other University resources, unexpected medical costs not covered by a health plan or existing health emergency funds and unforeseen, exigent needs that arise from cash flow issues during out-of-session times.  We recognize that family circumstances can have an impact on student needs, however, due to institutional limitations, the Safety Net Fund can solely support the needs of an enrolled student.

Students may submit multiple requests; however, students submitting multiple times should plan to meet to discuss the support needed to meet their long-term financial needs.  Additionally, students may be referred to alternate or additional funding resources when appropriate.

Our typical funding does not exceed $500 per request, but we will consider funding requests that exceed this amount if necessary.  Applications are required to be considered for Safety Net funding, and the review can take 7-10 days.  Application decisions will be sent to students by e-mail. If your request is approved, payment will be processed through Princeton’s Financial Service Center via direct deposit within 4-5 business days or by check within 5-10 business days, depending on what is noted on your finance account. International students will incur a tax withholding of 14% on the payment if they do not have a tax treaty exemption on their record.

How to Apply:

If you would like to be considered for this emergency funding, please submit the form linked here.

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