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Student Financial Services Emergency Assistance to Students
Emergency Assistance to Students

Emergency Funding

The purpose of the Emergency Fund Request is to provide immediate support for students needing emergency assistance with expenses, such as food, housing, transportation, and educational needs. This funding cannot be used towards tuition. For 2023-2024, students can only be awarded up to $1000* per academic year through Student Financial Services. Applicants will be considered for SFS emergency funding, but also referred to additional support as needed. Students will be considered first for funding through Student Financial Services Emergency Assistance Grant, but students who are not eligible for assistance through SFS or students who may need additional support can also be referred to other sources for consideration of funding. We are no longer reviewing Emergency funding requests for fall 2023 term. However, if you are enrolled in winter session we can process your request at this time. Review for spring term will begin January 8th.

*Some exceptions may apply.

When determining eligibility, the following will be considered:

  • Does the student have a FAFSA/WASFA on file?
  • Has the student utilized all available student loans?
  • Does the student have unmet need?
  • Is the student meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)?
  • Does the student have an EFC of $15,000 or less?
  • Is the student currently enrolled in at least 3 credits

Emergency Funding Request Form

Do you or someone you know need additional support?

The Student Care Network can help when you have a concern about a student’s well-being, behavior, academic performance, or access to financial, food, or housing assistance. Student Care Network

Have your financial circumstances changed?

If the FAFSA or WASFA does not accurately reflect your and/or your family’s current financial situation or budget expenses, a special circumstance appeal may apply to you. Special Circumstances Appeal

Have you incurred unexpected expenses?

If unexpected expenses have occurred during the academic year that were not accounted for in your aid package, you may fill out a revision request form. Revision Request Form

Do you need access to reliable internet or a laptop?

Information Technology Services is offering Chromebooks to students who do not have personal access to the internet and/or a computer. However, inventory is very limited and only available for Pullman undergraduate students. Loaner Laptop Form

Additional Campus Based Support Options

COUGS FEEDING COUGS If you are a WSU student concerned about where you will get your next meal, Cougs Feeding Cougs will provide funds to eligible students that can be used anonymously in WSU Dining Services locations. There are a few details students should read to learn more about the program.

WSU TRIO FOOD PANTRY The TRIO Student Support Services Program Food Pantry is a resource open to WSU students in need of emergency food and/or hygiene products. The Food Pantry is open Monday through Friday, between 8am and 5pm.

WSU TRIO PROFESSIONAL CLOTHING BANK The TRiO SSS Professional Clothing Bank is a resource open to WSU students in need of professional attire to wear to interviews, class presentations, internships, etc. Students interested in this resource can check in at the Lighty 260 front desk, M-F 8am – 5pm for assistance.

WOMEN’S RESOURCE CENTER FOOD PANTRY Not only does the Women’s Resource Center provide gently used clothing for children and feminine hygiene products, but we also have a small food pantry located in Rosario’s Place! The food pantry is open weekdays, 8am-5pm and is located in Wilson-Short Hall, Rm. 1A*. For assistance, students can contact the Women’s Resource Center at (509) 335-6849- we are located right across the hall from the food pantry.


All WSU HEERF I, II, III funding has been distributed to students.

WSU HEERF Reporting

State and Local Resources

COMMUNITY ACTION CENTER The Community Action Center is a non-profit organization that fights to reduce poverty, build strong independent families, and a better community. Services include emergency and transitional housing, food supplements, energy assistance, and weatherization. To learn more about the Community Action Center, visit their website here.


108 NW Stadium Way, Pullman. (no website) 509-338-0801 Open Saturdays 8:00am – 1:00pm The mission of the Pullman Child Welfare Association is to help families attain self-esteem and move towards self-sufficiency by offering them survival, safety, dignity, opportunity, joy and hope.

Washington 211

Washington 211 provides the most current and comprehensive database of community resources in the State of Washington (over 30,000 listings), which serves as a central access point for connecting Washington residents to community resources.


Temporary Assistance for Needy Families provides temporary cash for families in need. Some families participate in the WorkFirst Program. The WorkFirst Program helps participants find and keep jobs.

Rural Resources Community Action

Through education, resources and support, Rural Resources Community Action offers real hope to children, seniors and families, by working to create a stronger and more stable community for us all.  Each year, 14,000 people in Ferry, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Whitman and Stevens Counties turn to Rural Resources for short-term assistance and long-term solutions to help them take control of their lives and their futures.


WIC helps support the health of mothers and children through nutrition education, breastfeeding support, healthy foods and health screenings & referrals