Student Emergency Fund

Fund Description

The Cincinnati Law Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled Cincinnati Law students who are experiencing an unanticipated, temporary hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis situation. Funds are distributed as grants that do not need to be repaid. Grants do not generally exceed $500 and may not be available in every situation. The Emergency Fund is administered by the Office of Student Affairs.

Student Eligibility

To qualify for Emergency Funds, a student must:

  • Be enrolled at Cincinnati Law in six or more credit hours at the time of application.
  • Be in good academic standing as determined by the College of Law.
  • Complete and submit the attached application.
  • Have exhausted other sources of emergency assistance such as financial aid and family resources.
  • Demonstrated that the financial need is a one-time, unexpected expense rather than a chronic financial need.
  • Have a completed a scholarship application with the College of Law for the academic year in which the applicant is applying for emergency funds.
  • Have not been a past recipient of Cincinnati Law Financial Emergency Funds.
  • Have no fines (i.e. parking, library, etc.) posted to the applicant’s Bursar account at the time of application.

Eligible and Ineligible Expenses

The following types of expenses may be covered under the Emergency Fund, though this list is not exhaustive:

  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, flood, theft or natural disaster
  • Textbook expenses when financial aid is delayed or unexpected school supplies
  • Medications or urgent medical care (not covered by insurance)
  • Childcare
  • Food, housing, or travel expenses due to an emergency

The following types of expenses are not eligible for coverage under the Emergency Fund:

  • Tuition
  • Student fees and fines
  • Violations (i.e. parking, towing, speeding), legal fines, or other legal expenses
  • Entertainment, recreation , or non-emergency travel

Application and Award Process

  1. A student who needs temporary financial assistance should download and email a completed application with any documentation to substantiate the requested funding to the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Community Engagement and Equity ( 
  2. Following review and discussion of the student’s application, and in consultation with the Assistant Dean for Admission and Financial Aid and the Director of Business Operations, the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs will notify the student of the decision. In some cases, alternative resources may be provided instead of or in addition to emergency financial assistance.

Questions? Contact Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Community Engagement and Equity Rudy Trejo