Emergency Resources

In an emergency or crisis situation, UMKC aims to be a lifeline for students in need. These resources are to be used to prevent major interruption in completing academic requirements by students who have encountered unexpected financial obstacles.

UMKC Student Emergency Fund

  • Supports UMKC students who have an urgent need for temporary financial assistance, especially if it might prevent a student from continuing their degree program.
  • Applications completed on AcademicWorks are reviewed on a weekly basis, and students who have exhausted all available federal and state aid resources will be considered for the award.

Apply for the emergency fund

Short-Term Emergency Loans

  • Help cover expenses during unexpected or emergency circumstances
  • Must be paid off by the end of the semester in which they are borrowed, or July 10 for COVID-related circumstances
  • Contact us for more information and to apply

View eligibility and restrictions (PDF)

Kangaroo Food Pantry

  • On-campus resource for those dealing with food insecurity
  • The pantry also organizes the Kangaroo Pantry Meal Donation Program

Learn more about the pantry


More Support Resources

Federal CARES Act Emergency Funds

We are not accepting applications for Federal CARES Act emergency funds. The funds were completely disbursed as of Aug. 6, 2020. You may still apply to the Student Emergency Fund.

This federal program provides grants to students for expenses directly related to the disruption of their education due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Course materials and technology
  • Food
  • Housing and living expenses
  • Health-care and childcare costs
  • Expenses related to the impact of COVID-19

Federal CARES Act Reporting Information

Federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II) Emergency Grant

We are no longer accepting applications for the Federal HEERF II Emergency Grant. The funds were fully disbursed as of Feb. 22, 2021. You may still apply to the Student Emergency Fund.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA) 2021 has provided an additional emergency financial aid grant for students. This grant may be used to assist students who have exceptional needs related to educational costs, food, housing, health care or childcare.

  • Academic year amount
    • Based on need as calculated by the 2020-21 FAFSA
    • If there is not a FAFSA on file, the need eligibility will be determined based on the students grant application
  • Eligibility
    • Enrolled in the Spring 2021 term
    • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
    • Priority to students with financial need

Students have the option to indicate if they want the grant to apply first to their student bill or be sent to them as check or direct deposit.

HEERF II Reporting Information

Additional Types of Aid