University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

International Student
Funding Program



ISSS Emergency Funds

Update Regarding the Coronavirus:

International students who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) may apply for ISSS Emergency Funds. Carefully review the eligibility and documentation requirements before completing your application. All ISSS funds are limited. Applications will only be considered until funds are allocated.

ISSS Emergency Funds are available to provide financial support for current F-1/J-1 international students who have experienced an emergency situation. Emergency funds are to be used for short-term situations to help students through the crisis and are not intended to cover long-term expenses. In most circumstances, these funds will be only given one time and for a specific emergency situation.

If you are seeking financial assistance to help with your tuition and/or student fees, please apply for the ISSS Need-Based Academic Support application, or contact an ISSS Funding Counselor before applying for ISSS Emergency Funds. The purpose of the ISSS Emergency Funds application is not to help with educational expenses.

Examples of an emergency situation include, but are not limited to:

  • A serious illness or injury to the student that results in high medical bills and expenses that the student is not able to pay.
  • Criminal victimization such as a robbery, assault, or other crime that causes monetary or physical injury.
  • A fire or other serious problems affecting the student’s housing.
  • A serious illness or death in the immediate family that requires travel to visit a sick family member or attending a funeral.

Eligibility Requirements

Below is the eligibility criteria students should meet to receive ISSS Emergency Funds. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee that you will receive ISSS funding. If you do not meet all the criteria and have extenuating circumstances, you can still apply. Extenuating circumstances are considered, even if not all criteria are met.

  • Document the emergency situation.
  • Be enrolled in a degree program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  • Be registered for at least 1 credit.
  • Be in legal F-1 or J- 1 student status.
  • Have financial need with covering the costs related to the emergency.

Required Documentation

You will need to submit the following documents with your application.

  • You must include documentation of the emergency.
  • If you are requesting reimbursement for anything you previously paid, you must include receipts of payment.
  • Additional documentation and information may be requested

How to Apply

Please access the online application here: Emergency Funds Application.