Student Assistance Emergency Fund

The UB School of Management Student Assistance Emergency Fund has been made possible through the generosity of multiple donors to support undergraduate and graduate students during the COVID-19 crisis.

The funds are intended to help students through emergencies that might otherwise disrupt their progress toward earning a UB School of Management degree. The school recognizes that the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in unexpected and unparalleled financial difficulties for many students and will prioritize funding for those students impacted by this world crisis.

These funds offer temporary one-time financial assistance for current emergency situations. Emergencies involve circumstances that are beyond a student’s control, such as a death in the family, accident, loss of property, loss of income or unanticipated non-tuition educational expenses.

Applying for Assistance

Students in need of assistance need to note the following before applying for funding:

  • Funding requests are not to be used in place of financial aid, nor are they to be considered a means to finance your education. 
  • You must be in good academic standing to apply.
  • Each request should include a statement that outlines your specific need, how the funds would alleviate your need and how the need will be resolved. 
  • If funded, you will agree to provide receipts, upon request, that document the expenditure of the funds. 
  • You may only apply for funding assistance once per academic year. 

Examples of situations how the School of Management Student Assistance Fund might be used: 

  • Unanticipated education expense related to courses being moved to fully online (example: laptop or other technology no longer accessible with the closing of the campus)
  • Assistance with replacing textbooks that were lost, stolen or inaccessible in a campus dorm or apartment
  • One-time assistance with a utility bill
  • One-time assistance with off-campus housing (rent)
  • Food
  • Medical care
  • Other life emergencies, such as loss of income due to the pandemic leading to financial distress

Note: These funds cannot be used for tuition assistance.

*Exemptions from these guidelines may be made at the discretion of the School of Management Dean’s Office. Student academic, financial and other relevant information may be used to determine eligibility. All applications are treated as private and shared only on an as-needed basis.*

If you have questions or concerns about requesting funds, contact Diane M. Dittmar, PhD, assistant dean for academic integrity and student success, via email at

Note: There are other emergency funds available through Student Life.