Student Emergency Fund

When our students are in need, Mines is here for them. We call it living our Oredigger values. To help students who are facing unprecedented circumstances, Mines created the Student Emergency Fund (SEF) in 2017. The SEF is fund set aside to provide financial resources to Orediggers facing difficult circumstances like the loss of a family member, natural disasters, unhealthy living situations, food insecurity, or other emergency situations. The SEF has been used to provide:

  • Just-in-time relief for Mines to respond to low-resource students who are greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, including lost wages, travel, food or housing needs
  • Improved or replaced technology
  • Funding for clothing, school supplies or computers for students who lost housing to a fire, flood, natural disaster or other emergency.
  • Grocery money or a meal plan for a student who is struggling to pay for basic needs.
  • Funding to stock Blaster’s Basket on-campus student food pantry, in times of high need
  • Travel expenses so a student can attend a family member’s funeral or assist their family during a time of need.
  • Rent or living expenses to make a transition or move out of an unhealthy living situation.
  • Counseling services to resolve issues from a traumatic life event.
Students may request up to $3000 in emergency funds, however, the average award is $1500. The following criteria will be considered to make a determination:
Award Rubric
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Award of Funds
Once the Student Emergency Fund Committee has determined the award a student will receive, the student will receive an email notifying them of the award. The funds will be deposited directly to the student’s account.