Microgrant & Short Term Loan

Undergraduate Student Microgrant Information

The University of Massachusetts Amherst Undergraduate Student Emergency Grant Fund Program seeks to provide emergency microgrants to matriculated undergraduate students in good standing for unexpected financial emergencies, hardship, and/or unforeseen personal/family emergencies.

To apply for a microgrant, students must complete this application.

  • Provide all requested information, sign, and date the application
  • Answer all questions
  • Include any relevant documentation:
    • Receipts directly related to the emergency expense
    • Proof of loss of job, income, etc.
    • Proof of damages incurred
  • Complete the Budget Sheet
  • Drop-off application to the Dean of Students Main Office in Whitmore 227

Dean of Students Office staff administratively manage the program by reviewing and awarding grants by a committee to eligible students on a case-by-case basis. A student may be awarded only once per academic year. The maximum amount for a grant is $500.

Applications are reviewed at committee meetings that take place every two weeks during spring and fall semesters. The deadline to submit applications for review is 5 p.m. the Wednesday before the meeting date.

Short Term Loan Information

The Dean of Students Office will extend short term loans to matriculated undergraduate and graduate students in good standing for unexpected financial emergencies, hardship, and/or unforeseen personal/family emergencies.

To apply for a short term loan, students must make an appointment with a staff person. The maximum amount for an undergraduate student loan is $500. The maximum amount for a graduate student loan is $1000. All loans are distributed and collected by the Bursar's office.