Tartan Emergency Support Fund

Updated August 1, 2020

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 students with emergency funds to assist with unforeseeable expenses related to the disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this fund is to cover unexpected circumstances needing immediate assistance, such as travel, moving expenses, medication, food and other personal health and safety needs. Tuition costs are not eligible for TESF grants. The Tartan Emergency Support fund does not require repayment; however, students receiving these funds are responsible for any potential tax implications. This fund supplements the existing Emergency Student Loan (ESL) program administered by the Office of the Dean of Students. Both fund options will utilize the existing ESL form to receive and process requests. The ESL form is being used for student convenience allowing 24/7 submission and tracking of TESF requests.

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, either call the Office of the Dean of Students at 412-268-2075 to speak with a staff member or complete the online ESL application noting any COVID-19 specific impact. 

For additional information about special financial assistance in response to COVID-19 please visit Student Financial Services