University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

International Student
Funding Program



ISSS Emergency Funds

ISSS Emergency Funds are available to support current international students on F-1 and J-1 visas in a degree program who have experienced an emergency situation. The funds are to be used for short-term situations to help the student through the crisis and are not intended to cover long-term expenses such as housing or medical costs. In most circumstances, these funds will be only given one time and for a specific emergency situation

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

  • A serious illness or death in the immediate family that requires travel to visit a sick family member or attending a funeral.
  • A serious illness or injury to the student that results in a major disruption of the student’s life.
  • National catastrophes, natural disasters, revolutions, or serious political turmoil that results in the disruption of funding.
  • 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. Evictions for cause would not be considered.

Eligibility Requirements

Below is the criteria. Meeting these criteria does not guarantee that you will receive ISSS funding.

  • You must be able to document the emergency situation.
  • You must be admitted to and enrolled full-time in a degree program at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.
  • Graduate students enrolled in Grad 999 are not eligible to receive any funding.
  • You must be in legal F-1 or J- 1 student status.

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.


There is not an application deadline for ISSS Emergency Funds. As long as funds are still available, ISSS will accept and process requests.

How to Apply

Once you have gathered the required documentation, you may begin the online Emergency Funds Application.