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Student Emergency Fund Request

The Emergency Fund for the Fall 2021 semester is currently closed.  Salem State University has developed an application to distribute American Rescue Plan funds also called the Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF III) directly to eligible students. The application can be found in Navigator (Financial Account>HEERF III Act Relief Application), and is available from today through Monday, November 15. It should take less than 2 minutes to complete the application.

The Salem State University Emergency Funds were created through the generous donations of alumni, community members, local businesses, staff, faculty, and students to support unexpected personal financial emergencies.  Applying is not a guarantee that you will be eligible to receive funds, as funds are based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, availability of funds, matriculation status, and nature of your emergency.

Due to the emergency nature of the fund, students will be able to apply once per semester.  Some examples may include:

  • Job loss
  • Medical expenses
  • Housing/Food insecurities
  • COVID-19 pandemic expenses

Though not required, we strongly suggest students who have not filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA (and are eligible to file one) please do so. Filing a FAFSA may open additional grant or low interest federal and state loan opportunities to students.

Applying for Emergency Funds

All requests will be considered. Please note we cannot guarantee we will cover the total amount of your expenses. If we are unable to meet your full request we will work with you to access other resources.

To make an emergency fund request, Students should log in to their navigator account using their Salem State University username and password and go to the Student Emergency Fund Request to apply.

Next Steps

If you have not done so already, please sign up for eRefunds by logging into Navigator (Financial Information>Student Accounts>Refunds). For more detailed information visit how to set up direct deposit/ eRefund.

Your application will be reviewed by a team of staff at Salem State University and one of the following will happen:

If approved:

  • The funds will appear on your Touchnet Account first and you'll be issued a refund within 2-3 weeks
  • For some students, your funds will be used to reduce the balance on your account, if this is your circumstance, you will see that on your Touchnet Account

If denied:

  • You will receive an email detailing the reason for the denial. 

Need Help?

If you have questions or concerns about applying for emergency funds or your refund, please email

If you have questions or concerns about your food or housing security, please visit our Food and Housing Resource page.