Louis and Louise W. Weisser Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund

To assist University of Louisville students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency or catastrophic event, the Louis and Louise W. Weisser Bornwasser Student Emergency Fund was created. Our goal is to help students during a time of need stay in school and make progress towards a degree. 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.

Community Resources: There are a variety of community resources available to assist with food, financial, counseling, utility, digital access, and employment needs.

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Eligibility for Award Applicants:

  • Should be currently enrolled and in good standing at the University of Louisville during the term when the emergency funds would be applied.
  • Must have a financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unplanned event.
  • Must have exhausted all other resources, including Student Financial Aid and found funds are insufficient, unavailable, or not available in a timely manner.
  • Complete all questions in full on the application and submit any supporting documentation.
  • Be able to demonstrate financial need with supporting documents such as medical bills; repair estimates; replacement (of like/age of item) cost; documentary evidence (photographs/videos); or lease agreements. This is not an all-inclusive list.

Expenses Generally Covered Include But Are Not Limited To:

  • Medications and others cost related to medical/health care.
  • Safety needs (i.e. - changing a lock).
  • Assistance with replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, theft, or natural disaster.
  • Travel cost related to death or illness in the immediate family.
  • Assistance with rent, utilities, food, and other essential household expenses.

Expenses Generally NOT Covered Include But Are Not Limited To:

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance; and study abroad costs.
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable) or furniture not associated to damage or theft.
  • Parking permits, parking tickets and other fines.
  • Cost for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other none-essential expenses.
  • Expenses that could be anticipated and other than non-emergency related expenses.
  • Expenses resulting from poor financial management.

Award Procedures:

  • Priority will be given to students whose tenure at UofL may be at risk because of unexpected expenses.
  • Students who are in need of emergency financial assistance and submit an on-line application and supporting documentation or submit a paper form and supporting documentation to the Dean of Students Office.
  • Applicants may be required to meet with a staff member to discuss their application.
  • All emergency fund awards will be added to the students University account for disbursement- please note that if you are currently receiving financial aid, receiving funding from the Student Emergency Fund may affect your future financial aid packages. Any unpaid balances on the students university account will be deducted from any monies awarded through the Student Emergency Funding.

The number of students who can be served by the Student Emergency Fund is subject to the availability of funds. The fund must be sustained by continual contributions from alumni; parents; faculty; students; staff and friends of the University. The Student Emergency Fund is a University wide initiative and coordinated as a joint venture between the Division of Student Affairs, the Financial Aid Office, and University Advancement.

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CLICK HERE TO APPLY FOR EMERGENCY STUDENT FUNDS

Community Resources: There are a variety of community resources available to assist with food, financial, counseling, utility, digital access, and employment needs.

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