Student Emergency Fund


Funded through the generosity of the extended Mustangs community, the Student Emergency Fund at MSU Texas provides limited financial assistance to currently enrolled students experiencing a financial hardship due to an emergency.

An emergency is defined as an unexpected and/or unforeseen expense, event, or circumstance that could cause a loss of momentum toward student success.

Funds are awarded directly to a receiving student. Fund amounts range from $25 to $250 per student and are typically only awarded once per academic year. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis by a University committee. Other possible financial resources must have been considered and are either insufficient or not available in a timely manner to cover the essential expense(s). Funds are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Funds may be considered income and therefore subject to federal taxes, for which the accepting individual is responsible.

Examples of essential expenses that may be considered for funding include:

  • Housing (e.g. rent or emergency shelter)
  • Food and/or water (e.g. groceries)
  • Prescriptions and/or medical expenses
  • Utilities (e.g. electricity, natural gas, water/sewer)
  • Transportation-related expenses (e.g. tire repair, insurance deductible from accident)
  • School-related expenses (e.g. textbooks, school supplies, mandatory test proctoring fees)
  • Safety-related needs (e.g. lock change on vehicle or home)
  • Replacement of essential items due to fire, natural disaster, or theft (e.g. eye glasses, clothing, etc.)

Examples of expenses not covered may include, but are not limited to:

  • University tuition and/or fees
  • Parking tickets or other fines
  • Automobile payments or insurance premiums
  • Health insurance
  • Non-essential utilities (e.g. cable, Internet, phone)
  • Application or placement testing fees
  • Household costs not related to damage or theft
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
  • Medical expenses for a family member or friend
Eligibility Requirements

Students seeking financial assistance must be currently enrolled at MSU Texas at the time of application and have experienced a financial hardship resulting from an emergency that has to be taken care of right away. Students should be able to provide documentation of the emergency and existence of the essential expense for which funds are requested at the time of application. A student who has a past due balance with MSU Texas and is on a payment plan is eligible to apply for funds.


MSU Texas students with a financial hardship resulting from an emergency may apply for financial assistance. To apply for funds, click on the “Complete the Student Emergency Fund Application” button on this webpage. The application is a secure online form through Mustangs Link, which requires a student to log in using their my.MSUTEXAS student credentials.

A student will receive notice of their application being approved or denied through Mustangs Link.

The Student Emergency Fund is made possible through generous donations of MSU Texas alumni, employees, parents, members of the local community, and area foundations, businesses, unions, and organizations. Thank you for your support!