Wendy M. Dressel Student Emergency Fund

Wendy M. Dressel Student Emergency Fund


The Teachers College Student Emergency Fund provides limited emergency financial assistance to currently enrolled Teachers College students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary and unexpected hardship.  Funds are awarded once in a student's academic career at Teachers College, and are designated to off-set a short-term financial need.  The maximum award is $250 per student.  Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs or designee.  The fund is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid.  Funds are awarded as a grant and do not require repayment like loans.  Funds may count as income and may be subject to Federal and/or State taxes. 

  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to fire, flood, theft, or natural disaster
  • Emergency or temporary housing assistance
  • Medications or costs related to emergency medical care (not covered by insurance)
  • Assistance with rent or utilities due to an emergency situation
  • Emergency transportation costs related to a family death or illness
  • Safety related needs (ie, changing a lock)
  • Penalties, fines, tickets, legal fees or jail bond
  • Lost ID or meal cards
  • Normal and anticipated expenses (tuition, fees, health insurance, books, rent)
  • Non-essential utilities, household or furniture costs related to damage or theft
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation or non-essential travel
  • Replacement of non-essential personal items due to fire, flood, theft or natural disaster
  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled Teachers College student
  • Applicant must have financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or critical incident
  • Other possible resources have been considered and are either unavailable or insufficient 
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