Working to Meet the Needs of Our Students.

The Student Emergency and Equity Fund (SEEF) is a collaborative effort between the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the division of Student Success and Enrollment Management. This initiative provides students with financial assistance for significant, unforeseen, unavoidable emergencies and unexpected expenses.

Emergencies or unexpected expenses can include but are not limited to illness, food insecurity, travel costs for a family emergency, or loss of essential personal belongings due to theft or natural disaster.  

Applying For Emergency and Equity Funds

Students may apply for funds after reviewing all other resources (family, friends, other personal resources). Other restrictions and regulations may apply. Approval of emergency and equity funding is at the discretion of the Student Emergency and Equity Fund Administrator and dependent on availability of funds. Students are encouraged to apply for non-emergency assistance two weeks in advance of deadlines and/or due dates. 


  •  Please be aware that emergency funding may create a taxable event that could require reporting to the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) by the recipient. If approved, you will be asked to complete a W-8 (form for international students) or a W-9. 
  • Students seeking assistance with study away experiences are encouraged to work directly with the Offices of Financial Aid and Study Away.

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

  • Be enrolled for the semester in which you are applying  
  • Complete the application in its entirety  
  • Meet with the SEEF Administrator or SEEF Committee Members to provide additional information upon request 

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

  • Submit an incomplete application  
  • Cannot clearly articulate the financial emergency and how the funds will resolve it 
  • Not an active undergraduate or graduate student according to enrollment information 
  • Fail to respond to requested information in a timely manner 

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

  • Pay off other College debts (outstanding Trinity College bills)
  • Replace or supplement existing financial aid 
  • Pay personal bills for students or family members 
  • Purchase cell phones 

Student Emergency and Equity Fund Application


S.E.E.F. Administrator

Pamela Whitley AVP for DEI and Compliance

Hamlin Hall, 2nd Floor
300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106