Working To Meet The Needs Of Our Students.

At Trinity College, caring for our students is at the heart of our policies and practices. We understand that students may encounter emergencies and other unanticipated expenses that may hinder their well-being and academic progress. The Student Emergency and Equity Fund provides students with financial assistance for emergency expenses that are temporary, significant, unforeseen, and unavoidable. Emergency expenses includes but are not limited to:

  • Textbooks and other essential academic expenses
  • Medications and other costs related to emergency medical care
  • Food insecurity
  • Summer Internship Funding
  • Educational testing for accommodations
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster

The Student Emergency and Equity Fund is a collaborative effort between the divisions of Student Affairs, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Enrollment and Student Success to centralize the application and decision-making process for students. Together, we work to meet the needs of our students.

Applying For Emergency and Equity Funds

Students may apply for funds after reviewing all other resources (family, friends, other personal resources). Approval of emergency and equity funding is at the discretion of the Student Emergency and Equity Fund Committee and dependent on availability of funds. Approved emergency and equity funding may be in the form of a loan, grant, or a combination of both. Other restrictions and regulations may apply.

**NOTE** If approved for an emergency and equity loan, the amount borrowed will be added to the student’s account for repayment within the semester. Students who are unable to repay the amount borrowed are encouraged to meet with a Student Emergency and Equity Fund Administrator to discuss possible solutions. If approved for a one-time emergency and equity grant, the funds do not have to be repaid.

To be considered for emergency and equity funding, students must:

  • Be enrolled for the semester in which you are applying
  • Complete the application in its entirety
  • Meet with a Student Emergency and Equity Fund Administrator to further discuss the reasons for the request

Reasons your request may be denied include but are not limited to:

  • Submit an incomplete application
  • The student cannot clearly articulate the financial emergency and how the loan will resolve it
  • The student is not an active undergraduate student according to enrollment information

If approved, emergency and equity funds cannot be used to:

  • Pay off other College debts (Outstanding Trinity College bills)
  • Reimburse for expenses that have already been paid
  • Replace or supplement existing financial aid

Student Emergency and Equity Fund Application