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Grant in Aid

Emergency Grant-in-Aid Funds assist graduate students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses (e.g., medical or dental) causing financial hardship. This program is designed to assist in situations where the emergency may impede academic progress, and for those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through fellowships, loans, or personal resources. Emergency Grant-in-Aid awards are grants that reimburse actual expenses. These awards are not a loan and do not need to be repaid.

Eligible Expenses

Unanticipated or unusual expenses (most commonly medical, dental, or legal, but other expenses can be considered) outside of the typical student budget that may hinder the student’s academic progress will be considered. Costs must have been incurred while enrolled at Stanford, and costs for a previous or future academic year will not be considered. Each case is considered on its own merits. Any costs that are not documented cannot be considered. Emergency Grant-in-Aid funds are not intended for tuition or fees for standard living expenses, when another aid has ceased, or for research-related expenses.

Amount

Up to $5,000 per academic year or for computer related expenses a one-time allowance up to $1,000. Exceptions can be made for extraordinary circumstances.

Student Eligibility

Degree-seeking students enrolled in a graduate program at Stanford are eligible to apply.  Eligibility decisions for professional degree candidates in the Graduate School of Business, School of Law or School of Medicine will be made in consultation with your Financial Aid Office.  Students applying for Emergency Grant-in-Aid funds must be making satisfactory academic progress and must be currently enrolled. Exceptions can be made for students on a medical leave of absence.

For more detailed information and to apply to the Emergency Grant-in-Aid, click here. 

GSE Student Emergency Funding Program

This program also assists graduate students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expenses* causing financial hardship. This program is designed to assist those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial difficulty through fellowships, loans, or personal resources. Emergency funding provides grants that reimburse actual expenses. These awards are not a loan and do not need to be repaid. Emergency funds awarded are tax-reportable income.

Eligible expenses: Unanticipated or unusual expenses (most commonly medical, dental, or legal, but other expenses can be considered) outside of the standard student budget outlined by the University that may hinder the student’s academic progress will be considered.  Costs must have been incurred while enrolled at Stanford, and costs for a previous or future academic year will not be considered.  Each case is considered on its own merits.

*Emergency funding is not intended for tuition or fees, standard living expenses, research-related expenses, travel to and from internship/practicum/research sites and conferences, or when other aid has ceased.

Limit:  up to $2,000 per academic year

Process: Student submits an Emergency Grant-in-Aid application to the Financial Aid Office (FAO). FAO reviews the application and makes the determination that the student is eligible for emergency funds. If FAO is not able to cover your expenses either partially or in full (max amount of $5,000 per year), then you may apply for GSE Student Emergency Funds by submitting a copy of the Emergency Grant-in-Aid application (include supporting documents) and the response from FAO to Wesley Horng, Associate Director of Admissions and Academic Affairs. 

Graduate students are encouraged to apply for Grant in Aid before applying for the Opportunity Fund.