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Student Emergency Funds

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

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

All 2022-2023 academic year emergency funds have been distributed.

MPTC Student Emergency Funds are limited and will be disbursed first-come, first-served until all funds are awarded. Students must meet eligibility criteria. Awarded funds have a $150-$500 limit. Funding may be reduced or denied if the submitted expenses and documentation do not support the request.


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


  1. Students must be enrolled in an approved associate degree program (10, 20), program-enrolled certificate (61), apprenticeship (50), or technical diploma program (30, 31, 32).
  2. Students must be enrolled in undergraduate classes within the published semester dates of the funding request.
  3. Students must 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.
  4. Evidence may include: eviction notice, accident report, medical record, disconnection or past due notice, layoff notice, repair estimate, billing statement, etc.
  5. Students must complete the online application and include evidence to support the hardship indicated on the application.
  6. Students must meet emergency fund grant eligibility criteria to receive funding.

Student Emergency Fund Awards

  1. Awards range from $150 – $500.
  2. The maximum amount allowed per academic year is $500.
  3. The maximum amount allowed per application is $500. Funding may be awarded on multiple occasions throughout the semester up to $500 (application required each time).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  • Books, equipment, uniforms, tools, or other essential academic expenses
  • 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)

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.
  3. Include third-party documentation (receipt, billing statement, repair estimate, etc.).
  4. 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.

Additional Information

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, please contact Jackie Morgan at jmorgan29@morainepark.edu.

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

All 2022-2023 academic year emergency funds have been distributed.

To apply for Student Emergency Funds, please complete the online application (link deactivated until additional funding is received). If you have questions or need assistance with the application, please contact studentemergencyfund@morainepark.edu.

If you have an immediate need for a food or gas 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.

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.