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Student Emergency Funds

An emergency financial assistance program is available to enrolled and attending Moraine Park Technical College (MPTC) students.

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 MPTC remain in school.

Please read and understand the eligibility requirements, eligible vs. ineligible expenses, award information and application process before applying.

Student Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be enrolled in an approved associate degree program (10, 20), program-enrolled certificate (61, 97), apprenticeship (50), or technical diploma program (30, 31, 32).
  • Students must be enrolled and attending classes within the published semester dates of the funding request.
  • Students with a hold or unpaid balance on a student record or account may be ineligible. A student’s account must be in good standing.
  • Students must meet emergency fund grant eligibility criteria to receive funding.
  • Students must complete the online application and submit evidence indicating financial hardship related to an emergency, accident, illness, or other unplanned or unexpected event. The evidence must include the nature and amount of the expense and the third party to whom the amount is owed.
  • Evidence may include: eviction notice, accident report, medical record, disconnection or past due notice, layoff notice, repair estimate, billing statement, etc.

Student Emergency Fund Awards

  • Awards range from $150 – $500.
  • The maximum amount allowed per academic year is $500 (July 1 – June 30).
  • The maximum amount allowed per application is $500. Funding may be awarded on multiple occasions up to $500 (application required each time).
  • Students will be notified of the approval or denial within five (5) business days of a completed application, unless further consideration is warranted. Exceptions occur when the college is closed for holidays.
  • Enrolled and attending 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.
  • Student emergency fund requests will be considered first-come, first-served as long as funding is available.

Funding Sources

There are multiple funding sources. Each funding source has its specified allowable expenses. For example, some funds may allow for food, while others may not. Students are considered for funds that best meet their need and for those in which they are eligible.

Eligible Expenses (varies by funding source)

  • Medical costs not covered by insurance
  • Replacement of belongings lost in a fire, flood, or other natural disaster
  • Travel costs to get to campus or a clinical site
  • 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/housing, essential utilities (heating, cooling, water)
  • Food
  • Other essential household expenses (internet, cell phone)
  • Books, equipment, uniforms, tools, or other essential academic expenses (Please note: Most funds do not allow for expenses related to program)

Ineligible Expenses (varies by funding source)

  • Tuition, textbooks, student fees, health insurance and study abroad costs
  • Alcohol, tobacco, groceries
  • Legal services, fines or forfeitures resulting from legal violations, library fines, and other fines
  • Taxes
  • Non-essential utilities (cable TV, streaming TV services)
  • Credit card bills
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, and non-emergency travel
  • Student conferences
  • Credit collections
  • Misuse of financial aid for non-essential expenses
  • Other non-essential expenses

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit the application. Required documentation must accompany the application submission.
  2. Provide documentation/evidence the financial hardship is a result of an emergency, accident, illness, work layoff or other unplanned event such as third-party receipt, billing statement, repair estimate, etc. Funding may be reduced or denied if the submitted expenses and documentation do not support the request.
  3. Check your MTPC student e-mail for notification of approved or denied request. If approved, instructions on award distribution is included. If denied, please contact studentemergencyfund@morainepark.edu to get connected with a resource specialist.

Emergency funds are available to program students who are enrolled and attending classes. Limited funds are available.

To apply, please complete the online application

If you have questions or need assistance with the application, please contact studentemergencyfund@morainepark.edu.

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

For help navigating community resources or have an immediate need for a gas or food card, please contact Jackie Morgan at jmorgan29@morainepark.edu or 920-924-3134, TTY/VP: Use Relay/VRS, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

If you are in crisis, please contact:

  • The MPTC counselors at 920-922-8611, TTY/VP: Use Relay/VRS,  (normal business hours), or
  • The 24-hour Crisis Lifeline at 988 (call or text),
  • Your local Emergency Room

Student Emergency Fund FAQ

No. Student emergency fund applications can be submitted once a semester or term begins. Applications submitted prior to the start date will not be considered, and students will be asked to resubmit. Students must be enrolled and attending classes within the published semester or term dates for funding consideration.

Tuition, fees, books, past due account balances, etc. are generally not eligible expenses.

No. Documentation or evidence is required to submit an emergency fund application. The evidence must include the nature and amount of the expense, the third party to whom the amount is owed and be directly related to the request.

Students can receive up to $500 per academic year (July 1 – June 30).

Funding is awarded first-come, first-served until as long as funding is available. Funds may not be available all year.

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.