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Student Emergency Funds

An emergency financial assistance program is available to students of Moraine Park.  The Student Emergency Fund (SEF) was established to help program students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency that would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at Moraine Park Technical College.

Please read and understand the eligibility requirements and application process before applying.

MPTC Student Emergency Funds are extremely limited. You must meet eligibility criteria. These have a $150-$500 limit, dependent upon the fund limits. Please note that reduced or denied funding may occur due to the limited funds available.


To help students during a time of financial need to remain in school and progress towards their desired certificate, diploma or degree.


  • Are a program student in certificate, technical diploma, or Associate Degree of Science program
  • Are enrolled in undergraduate classes
  • Have evidence indicating financial hardship
  • Have financial need related to emergency, accident, illness, or other unplanned event

NOTE: Past debts, poor financial management, or future costs are not eligible.  See more details on ineligible expenses.

SEF Awards

  • Amounts range from $150-$500
  • Students will be notified of the approval or denial within 5 business days of a completed application, unless further consideration is warranted. Exceptions occur when the college is closed for holidays.
  • Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Students with a HOLD on a student record or account may be ineligible.

Eligible Expenses

  • Medications and other costs related to medical care
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings lost in a fire, flood, theft or other natural disaster
  • Travel costs to get to campus or clinical (i.e., minor vehicle repairs, gas, taxi/bus fares)
  • Support shelter for a student in a dangerous situation due to acts of violence or other victimization
  • Travel expenses for family death or another emergency
  • Dependent care
  • Assistance with rent, utilities, food or other essential household expenses

Ineligible Expenses

  • Tuition, fees, health insurance and study abroad costs
  • Non-essential utilities (i.e., cable TV, cell phone)
  • Furniture costs not related to damage or theft
  • Legal fees, parking tickets and other fines
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses
  • Expenses that could have been anticipated, misuse of financial aid for non-essential expenses, and any other non-essential expenses
  • Expenditures resulting from poor financial management

Application Process

Not completing this application checklist will delay decision.

Complete and submit the application and required documentation.

Provide evidence that the financial hardship is a result of an emergency, accident, illness, work layoff, or other unplanned event with documentation including, but not limited to: an eviction notice, accident report, medical record, disconnection notice, or layoff notice.

  • Third-party supporting documentation must show cost incurred (receipt, billing statement, repair estimate, etc).
  • All documentation must be received within 7 days for application to remain active.
  • You may be required to speak with a college counselor.
  • You may be required to submit additional information to document your application submission.
  • If approved, you will be notified and provided information regarding disbursement of the funds.

Additional Information

This funding is not intended to replace existing financial aid and does not have to be repaid. Students must have exhausted all other resources such as community programs and resources, family financial support or financial aid available to them through state and federal aid programs.

Enrolled students may request an emergency fund anytime during the academic year. If a student applies for a second emergency fund in the same academic year, the student may be required to meet with a financial aid specialist or college counselor before a fund is awarded.

If you are in crisis, please contact:

  • The MPTC counselors at 920-922-8611 (normal business hours)
  • The Student Support Services Manager at 920-924-3361 (normal business hours)
  • The 24-hour Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433, or go to your local Emergency Room

To apply for Student Emergency Funds, please complete the online application.

If you have an immediate need for food or gas, please contact the Student Community Equity & Engagement Specialist at studentemergencyfund@morainepark.edu or 920-924-3134 Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Moraine Park Technical College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in employment, admissions or its programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the College’s nondiscrimination policies: Equal Opportunity Officer, Moraine Park Technical College, 235 North National Avenue, PO Box 1940, Fond du Lac, WI 54936-1940, 920-924-6355 or 920-924-3495, TTY/VP: Use Relay/VRS.