Tartan Emergency Support Fund
Unforeseen Expenses Needing Immediate Assistance (i.e., Travel, Moving Expenses, Medication, Food)
The Tartan Emergency Support Fund (TESF) has been established through the generosity of alumni, friends of the university, Undergraduate Student Senate, Graduate Student Assembly and student organizations to provide enrolled CMU undergraduate and graduate students with emergency funds to assist with unforeseeable expenses related to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Beginning August 1, 2020:
- If you are not experiencing an immediate need (see above for details) and are eligible to apply and/or have applied for federal financial aid, you must first meet with your HUB Liaison to discuss your financial situation and total cost of attendance concerns (e.g., monthly expenses such as rent and utilities for the AY20-21). Following this discussion, you may submit a TESF request and your HUB Liaison will contact the Office of the Dean of Students regarding any immediate needs that are COVID-19 related and eligible for TESF consideration.
- Prior distribution of TESF grant funding will be considered should a student apply for future or repeat grants. Although we do not have a cap on funding per student, we are committed to preserving access to funds for students in need and may need to limit allocations.
To apply for the Tartan Emergency Support Fund:
- Use the link below to apply for the Tartan Emergency Support Fund (TESF). The ESL form is being used for student convenience allowing 24/7 submission and tracking of TESF requests. Grants do not need to be repaid. After submitting your application, you will be contacted by a staff member from the Office of the Dean of Students.
- In Section 1, enter your Andrew ID in the appropriate field and hit tab. The form will fill in your Name, Email, Class, and Preferred First Name (if applicable). If you do not have a Preferred First Name, enter your First Name in this field. Enter your phone number in the “Best Contact Phone Number” field.
- In Section 2, select "Emergency Student Loan" for the "Loan Type." Enter the amount you are requesting for TESF support for unforeseen expenses. In the "Purpose of Loan" field please note TESF and any COVID-19 specific impact. Tuition costs are not eligible for TESF grants.
- Click Submit Form. Once your form has been submitted, a dialog box will appear. You do not need to record the tracking number. You will receive an email confirming that your request has been submitted and a staff member from the Office of the Dean of Students will contact you.
Approved TESF support does not require repayment; however, students receiving these funds are responsible for any potential tax implications.
If you have questions or are unable to submit the form, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at 412-268-2075.
Interest Free Student Loans
Emergency Student Loans
Through the generous gifts of alumni an interest free Emergency Student Loan service is made available through the Office of the Dean of Students at 321 Warner Hall. The Emergency Student Loan is an emergency based loan repayable within 30 days. Loans are available to enrolled students for academic supplies, medication, food or other unforeseeable circumstances. Apply for an Emergency Student Loan.
Student Maternity Loans
Any student who gives birth to a child is eligible to apply for an interest free Student Maternity Loan. Student Maternity Loans are repayable within one year of the loan disbursement with a repayment plan set up through Office of the Dean of Students. Apply for a Student Maternity Loan.
Students seeking any of the Maternity Accommodations described below must register with the Office of the Dean of Students by calling 412-268-2075 or visiting the office at 321 Warner Hall.
Student Maternity Accommodation Protocol
The birth of a child is a significant life event that may require time away from academic pursuits for delivery and recovery from delivery of a newly born child. Female students whose anticipated delivery date is during the course of a semester may need to take time away from their academic responsibilities. Female Carnegie Mellon students seeking time away are afforded two options as possible Maternity Accommodation:
- Short-Term Maternity Accommodation – A short term absence from academic responsibilities up to a maximum of six (6) weeks. Short-Term Maternity Accommodation may be extended by two (2) weeks, for a total of eight (8) weeks, where a longer absence is medically necessary. Prior to the absence students must work with relevant university faculty and staff to adjust their course work, research, teaching and other academic responsibilities during the period of absence. This may include extensions of time to complete assignments, incomplete grades, and/or dropping courses, shifting research responsibilities and adjusting TA assignments. Students who take a Short-Term Maternity Accommodation will remain enrolled.
- Formal Leave of Absence– A formal leave of absence under the Student Leave Policy. Generally, the Student Leave Policy permits students to take a leave of absence for a full-semester, mini-semester, or for the time remaining in the semester during which the leave is taken. Students who take a Formal Leave of Absence drop all remaining courses for the semester and are unenrolled for the semester. International students must consult with the Office of International Education before considering this option due to visa implications.
Carnegie Mellon also offers financial assistance to female students who give birth to a child:
- Interest Free Loan – Any female student who gives birth to a child is eligible to apply for an interest-free Maternity Loan from the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Stipend Continuation – Doctoral students who receive an academic stipend funded by Carnegie Mellon are eligible to continue to receive stipend funding for up to six (6) weeks during a Short-Term Maternity Accommodation or a Formal Leave of Absence. Continued academic stipend funding may be extended by two (2) weeks, for a total of eight (8) weeks, if an absence longer than six weeks is medically necessary.
Female students are encouraged to register with the Office of the Dean of Students ninety (90) days in advance of the anticipated delivery and should register no later than sixty (60) days in advance of the anticipated delivery. At the time of registering, students will have the opportunity to consult about resources, procedures, funding options and preparation for discussing academic accommodations with the student’s academic department. Students should also consult with their academic advisors either before or in conjunction with registering with the Office of the Dean of Students.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs
Suzie Laurich-McIntyre, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate Education
For more information: CMU Student Maternity Accommodation Protocol and Resources (pdf)
Apply for an Emergency Student Loan or Student Maternity Loan
Please follow these instructions to apply for an emergency student loan or a student maternity loan. If you need assistance, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at (412) 268-2075.
- Use the link below to open the student loan application.
- Enter your Andrew ID in the appropriate field and hit tab. The form will fill in your Name, Email, Class, and Preferred First Name (if applicable). If you do not have a Preferred First Name, enter your First Name in this field.
- Enter your phone number in the Best Contact Phone Number field.
- Select "Emergency Student Loan" or "Maternity Loan" for the Loan Type.
- Enter the amount you are requesting for your loan. Please provide your best estimate as you will further discuss your financial needs when you meet with a loan authorizer. Loans over $1250 must receive additional approval from the dean of students or her designee.
Provide a brief description of the purpose of the loan meaning how the funds from the loan are intended to be used (ie. rent or other bills, car repair, living expenses). You will further discuss your needs when you meet with a loan authorizer.
- Read the terms of the loan and click Submit Form. Your official name of CMU record will appear in the Student's Signature box along with today's date. A dialog box will appear with the message "Thank you for your submission. It has been successfully submitted." You do not need to record the tracking number. If needed, please reference the loan number located at the top right of the form (ESL00000____).
You will receive an email confirming that your student loan request was successfully submitted. A member of the Office of the Dean of Students will contact you within one business day. If your situation is urgent, or you have not received a response within this period, please call the Office of the Dean of Students at (412) 268-2075 and reference your loan number. If you need additional support regarding your situation, please do not hesitate to contact our office immediately. We will help you to determine the best path forward.