Emergency Fund Program

Emergency Fund Program

The Graduate Student Government Emergency Fund program is designed to help students with unforeseen expenses arising from a crisis. The fund offers limited help as a stop-gap measure in an emergency situation. The funds are not a secondary form of college financing. The funds are provided to quickly address financial setbacks, and to help students stay focused on their coursework while progressing toward graduation.

The funding limit is $700 per student per academic year.


Applicants must be full-time (6+ units) graduate students in good standing with the university. Post-doctoral fellows, undergraduates, and part-time students are not eligible.

Application Process

Applications from students will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Those who submit applications can expect a response within 2 weeks. Students must include receipts for all reimbursable expenses.

Applicants must supply a detailed statement describing:

• The nature of the emergency
• A budget detailing the amount of funds required
• A letter of support from their academic advisor or department head

Applications should be emailed to the GSG Director of Campus Affairs: gsgcamp@usc.edu


• DACA renewal fees
• Sudden significant medical expenses
• Loss of housing due to natural disaster
• Travel expenses, or other expenses accrued, related to a recent natural disaster
• Asylum legal fees for those who have faced or fear persecution based on religion or sexual orientation, among other criteria, if they return to their country origin
• Extra travel costs associated with the White House travel ban
• Legal and/or health fees for victims of sexual assault and violence

Additional Resources

Campus Departments

Office of International Services, Division of Student Affairs
Office of Religious Life, Office of the Provost
Immigration Clinic, Gould School of Law
Office of Financial Aid, Admissions and Planning
Office of Student Counseling Services, USC Engemann Student Health Center
USC Center for Work & Family Life, services for faculty and staff
Emergency Contacts and Training Referrals, for students, faculty and staff
Faculty/Staff Visa Services, for faculty and staff
Office of International Research, USC Research

Policy and Research Centers

Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Science
The Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, USC Price School of Public Policy