Hoo Needs Help


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We understand life can be unpredictable. Unexpected costs and needs can cause significant stress and impact your academic success and personal wellbeing. Hoo Needs Help exists to support students who need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses. These may be expenses related to situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, food insecurity, or need for temporary housing.

This program is a partnership between the Division of Student Affairs and Student Financial Services. Aid may come in a variety of forms, including grants, loans and/or university and community resources. We will do our best to contact students within 5-7 business days of their application being submitted. Response times may be longer than usual over weekends, holidays, or when the University is not in session. After a student submits their application someone will reach out to you to discuss all options available to you including unused financial aid.

While Hoo Needs Help continues to accept applications in summer, response times may be delayed and resources may be limited depending on summer school enrollment and other factors. If you need immediate assistance, you may email emergencyfunding@virginia.edu.

Hoo Needs Help Application

Examples of Expenses Covered by the Emergency Fund

  • Medications and other costs related to emergency medical and dental care or an unexpected health diagnosis
  • Books and other essential academic expenses
  • Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock)
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings or temporary housing needs, due to fire, theft, or natural disaster
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family
  • Very limited tuition, fees, and study abroad costs.

Examples of Expenses Not Covered

  • Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable), household, or furniture costs not related to damage or theft.
  • Regularly anticipated fixed expenses (i.e. rent).
  • Parking tickets.
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel or other non-essential expenses.


  • Currently enrolled full-time and part-time students in degree-seeking programs
  • Applicants must complete all questions in full and submit required supporting documentation when necessary
  • Students who still have available financial awards (ex. unaccepted federal loans) may be asked to exhaust them to be eligible for additional resources; These students should still complete an application.