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Emergency Assistance Fund


The University of Texas Arlington Emergency Assistance Fund (EAF) provides limited financial assistance to currently enrolled students who are struggling financially due to uncontrollable circumstance and require emergency monetary assistance as a last resort. Funds must be used to aid in short-term crisis matters which would otherwise jeopardize the student’s ability to attend The University of Texas at Arlington.


To make a gift to the Emergency Assistance Fund, contact Mark LaVelle, Assistant Vice President for University Development at 817-272-5235, or visit the online UTA giving page.


  • Applicants must have a temporary financial hardship resulting from a sudden emergency, accident or unforeseen event
  • The student’s capability to attend The University of Texas at Arlington must be at jeopardy due to the emergency
  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at The University of Texas Arlington during the semester they seek financial assistance
  • Other possible financial resources must have been considered and are insufficient or not available in a timely manner
  • Funds are awarded only to the recipient
  • Applications must be able to provide requested documentation

Types of Covered Expenses

Typical expenses may include but are not limited to:

  • Rent, utilities such as water and electricity bills, groceries, etc. 
  • Replacement of essential personal items due to a fire, natural disaster, or theft
  • Funds for immediate emergency shelter
  • Safety needs (changing locks on vehicle or home)
  • Prescriptions or other costs related to medical care

Types of Expenses Not Covered

  • Tuition, lab fees, health insurance, study abroad costs
  • Non-essential utilities, (i.e. cable, Internet, phone)
  • Application or test fees
  • Household costs not related to damage or theft
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses
  • Expenditures occurred as a result of poor financial management and not an emergency
  • Medical expenses needed for a family member or friend of the student requesting services

Application Process

  • Students will complete an online application through the Emergency Assistance Fund website
  • Proper documentation must be provided within the application and/or during meeting with the EAF representative this may include but not limited to:
    • Applicant’s monthly budget
    • Documentation of the crisis situation: photo’s, doctor’s note, insurance claim, etc.
    • Bills or invoices for payments to be made
  • A representative of the EAF committee will call the student for more information and/or to set a meeting with the student within a timely manner of the application submission
  • The student will receive a notice of their application being approved or denied through their UTA email account
  • Funds will be available as university policy allows
  • After the funds have been distributed, the student must provide receipts showing the money was used for the reasons specified in the application