Emergency Funding & Resources

The College of Arts & Sciences

Emergency Funding & Resources

Graduate students in the College of Arts and Sciences who experience unexpected financial emergencies due to circumstances beyond their control can apply for financial assistance from the emergency funds listed below:

Graduate School Student Emergency Grant Fund

This fund is designed to help alleviateimmediate, unexpected expenses due to circumstances beyond student's control that cause financial hardships and may endanger a student’s ability to continue enrollment in a graduate program at the University of Louisville. The unexpected expense can be of an emergency in nature or an unplanned non-discretionary expense. This funding is not intended to assist with paying tuition bills. Any funding provided will generally be capped at $500. Click here to view eligibility guidelines and application.

Louis and Louise W. Weisser Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund

This emergency fund was created to assist UofL students (graduate and undergraduate) who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at UofL. These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a consistent supplement to a student’s educational funding sources. An event or unforeseeable circumstance must be the cause of the loss of funds in order to be eligible for student emergency funds. Students may apply when they have exhausted all other resources. Students, if awarded, are not required to repay the funding amount. Click here to view eligibility guidelines and application.


Additional resources for students in need are available on campus and in the community.

Cardinal Cupboard Food Pantry (CCFP) (sponsored in part by Commonwealth Credit Union)

Located in the Swain Student Activities Center (SAC, room W312), the CCFP increases accessibility to food and health products to members of the Cardinal community (students, staff, and faculty) in an effort to reduce their financial burden. They provide non-perishable food items and other basic items. They are open weekdays or by appointment.  Grab & Go food packages are available outside normal operating hours. Your Cardinal Card ID is required. Click here to confirm their business hours before you go and find additional community resources.

UofL Free Store

The UofL Free Store (SAC, room W303C) is a space for the free exchange of clean, useful items. All students & employees are welcome to "shop" for free clothing, shoes, accessories, linens, electronics, small appliances, household items, bath & beauty supplies, books & media, school & art supplies, and more. The Free Store is a Transgender-Friendly space. The Free Store is located in SAC W303C, just down the hall from the Cardinal Cupboard on the 3rd floor of SAC West. Check out ulfreestore on Instagram for up-to-date hours.

UofL ConcernCenter

A directory of all services provided at UofL with links to community resources as well.