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Emergency Resources for Students Facing Financial Challenges

An unexpected car repair. A loss of income. An empty refrigerator at mealtime. A need for money now when you won’t have it until later this month. These situations and many others can happen to anyone. We’re here to help. We know that financial challenges not only impact you and your family, they impact your ability to focus on your education. IUPUI offers a number of resources that can assist you with your current financial situation.

See below for more information about short-term emergency assistance, financial aid re-evaluations, and campus resources. Not sure where to start? Email us at for help from one of our financial aid advisors.


IUPUI Short Term Loan
Have a need for funds now but won’t have them until later? As a service to our campus community, students may receive an interest-free short term loan up to $750.00. Qualified students would have up to 30 days to pay the loan. For more information and to access an application, visit

IUPUI Undergraduate Emergency Assistance Grant
Experiencing an unexpected financial emergency? Undergraduate students faced with unforeseen auto repairs, immediate housing moves, or other financial challenges may apply for the IUPUI Undergraduate Emergency Assistance Grant. Funds up to $1,000 may be available to students who meet eligibility requirements. Click here to access an application.


Special Circumstances Appeal
The Special Circumstance Appeal allows a student to request an adjustment to the Expected Family Contribution (EFC) or Cost of Attendance (COA) used to calculate financial aid. A Special Circumstance Appeal may be used when a family’s financial status has changed since filing the FAFSA or you have an expense that was not considered as part of the FAFSA. For more information and to access the request form, visit

Cost of Attendance (COA) Review
Your COA is an estimate of your educational expenses for the academic year. In some cases, your actual expenses, such as your tuition and fees, may be different from what was estimated. To have your COA reviewed based on your tuition and fee charges, please email with your university ID number. Please note that an increase to your COA does not always result in an increase in the amount of financial aid awarded.


Jag R.O.A.R.
Jag R.O.A.R. (Registry of Options and Resources) is a “one-stop shop” for information on campus and local community resources within a 5-mile radius of IUPUI. Find details about assistance with childcare, clothing, food, legal services, and more. Visit to access the site.

Paw’s Pantry
Paw's Pantry is a food pantry that provides food assistance to all IUPUI students, faculty, and staff. The pantry is open three days a week and is available to any student with a university-issued ID card. Visit for more information.

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Financial stress can impact more than your bank account. CAPS provides mental health services for IUPUI students and support to the IUPUI community. In-person consultations and online self-help tools are available. Visit for more information.

Not experiencing an emergency but want to develop your money management skills? MoneySmarts provides resources to help you learn how to budget, save for the future, and make responsible borrowing decisions. You can also set up a time to speak with a trained financial expert. Visit for more information.