Emergency Loans


International students can apply for interest-free loans to cover true emergencies. Emergency loans are never granted to pay student fees (i.e., tuition, room & board, SGA fee), college bills (books, health insurance), or other expenses such as computer purchases, etc.  The amount of a loan is normally $200.00-$250.00.

Because funds are very limited, we have had to establish criteria for granting emergency loans. You would qualify for an emergency loan if:

  • you have unexpected medical expenses which go beyond what your health insurance can cover (this includes purchase of eyeglasses).
  • you have unexpected dental bills.
  • you must make an emergency trip home or to a relative's house because of a family emergency.

Unfortunately, we are no longer able to grant emergency loans for temporary cash flow problems (e.g., to cover graduate school application fees), since too many students have defaulted on this type of loan.

UPDATED INFORMATION ON REQUESTING EMERGENCY LOANS: A new government regulation, which went into effect on February 14, 2010, has put some limitations on how we go about issuing emergency loans. We will now normally only issue loans to students who are able to pay back the loan in full within 90 days (3 months).  If you don't think you will be able to pay back the loan within this time period, you may still apply for one.  However, you should call x2072 and make an appointment to speak with Donna Van Handle (dvanhand), Dean of International Students, to discuss your particular situation.