Office of the Dean of Students

Oakland Center, Suite 150
312 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester, MI 48309-4454
(location map)
(248) 370-3352

Office Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Student Emergency Relief Fund

Oakland University works hard to meet the unique needs of every student. If you are facing financial hardship due to an unforeseen or emergency situation, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance from the Student Emergency Relief Fund. OU's Dean of Students office will review all requests but may not be able to cover all expenses. Our goal is to provide flexible financial assistance to help students achieve their educational goals. 

The Student Emergency Relief Fund is made possible through the generous donations from OU faculty, staff, alumni and donors.

The University strives to equip students with resources to overcome obstacles. To help students achieve the utmost success, the Golden Grizzlies Pantry provides assistance for students experiencing food insecurity.  

Types of Expenses That May Be Considered (non-exhaustive list):

  • Essential Utilities
  • Car repairs or emergency transportation
  • School-related expenses, excluding textbooks
  • Replacement of essential belongings due to theft or loss by fire, flood or natural disaster
  • Safety-related needs (e.g., lock change)
  • Emergency temporary lodging to avoid homelessness or unsafe housing
  • Temporary food insecurity
  • Emergency medical treatment/medication/prescriptions not covered by insurance
  • Travel expenses to return home after a sudden family death or emergency

Types of Expenses That Will Not Be Considered (non-exhaustive list):

  • Expenses due to a lack of financial planning or overspending
  • Outstanding debt to the university or otherwise (e.g., credit cards, past-due fees)
  • Normal and anticipated academic expenses (e.g., tuition, university fees, health insurance, study abroad costs, textbooks, rent)
  • Penalties, fines, tickets, or legal fees
  • Non-essential utilities, household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Costs of entertainment, recreation, or non-emergency travel
  • Replacement of non-essential personal items due to fire, flood, theft or natural disaster
Eligibility Requirements
Funds are reserved for students who are unable to cover essential expenses due to temporary or unexpected financial hardship. To be considered, an applicant must:
  • be degree-seeking student currently enrolled at Oakland University,
  • provide documentation of financial hardship, and
  • demonstrate that all other resources, including Student Financial Aid, have been exhausted.

Students seeking assistance during summer sessions and are not enrolled but are registered for fall courses may qualify for alternative forms of assistance.

How to Apply for Funding
To apply for funds, you must contact a staff member from the Dean of Students Office or the Student Financial Services office. We will discuss your specific needs, and then help you complete the Student Emergency Relief Fund Form. At that time, you will be asked to provide supporting documentation to confirm you meet the eligibility requirements listed above.

University Contacts
Dean of Students office: (248) 370-3352 or
Student Financial Services office: (248) 370-2550 or

Award of Funds
Prior to awarding funds, we will determine if scholarships or grants are available to cover a student's unexpected expenses.

The Dean of Students office will review all applications but may not be able to cover all expenses. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis.

Typically, a student receives funding only once from the Student Emergency Relief Fund for up to $500. These funds are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Some funds may be considered income subject to federal taxes. 

How to Contribute
If you or someone you know would like to contribute to the Student Emergency Relief Fund, please visit our contribution page.