S.O.S. Emergency Relief Fund

Supporting Our Students

The S.O.S. Emergency Relief Fund provides students with assistance when faced with an unexpected emergency situation. Funding is limited to once per academic year with a maximum award of $500.

All currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate and professional UNLV students are eligible to apply. Examples of emergency situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Accidents 
  • Death of a family member
  • Fire damage
  • Food insecurity
  • Housing Insecurity
  • Illness

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant must have a financial hardship resulting from a sudden or unexpected occurrence;
  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate or professional UNLV student;
  • Applicant must be in good academic and conduct standing with UNLV;
  • An applicant is only eligible to apply for this emergency assistance fund once per academic year;
  • Fund disbursement will not exceed $500;
  • Applicant must fully complete the application to be considered for assistance.  Follow the link to the application in the Application Process section below;
  • Upon receipt of emergency funds, the applicant is required to schedule and attend one financial coaching session;
  • A financial coaching session is required for an applicant to be considered for a second emergency funds request.

Application Process

Students who meet the eligibility requirements may apply at the SOS Emergency Funds Application. The application will only be open when funding is available. Students are encouraged to provide supplemental information as part of their application, but it is not a requirement.

Supplemental information may include, but is not limited to:

  • Documentary evidence  (photographs or videos)
  • Income verification
  • Letters of support
  • Medical bills
  • Repair estimate(s)

Strengthen Your Financial Literacy

UNLV financial coaches are here to provide interested students with information on financial topics, including but not limited to:

  • Debt Alleviation
  • Financial Health
  • Goal Setting
  • Income Generation
  • Spending Plans

Financial coaching sessions are free. Information on how to schedule a session will be provided upon approval of the application.

Please email sosf@unlv.edu for general inquiries.

Funding generously provided by:

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