Welcome to Penn’s Emergency and Opportunity Funding application. Any enrolled undergraduate, graduate, or professional student is potentially eligible for this financial assistance. Students do not need to identify as FGLI or highly aided to apply.
Scope of Funding
Students can seek and receive support for needs including, but not limited to:
- Laptops, academic technology, internet access
- Tickets to travel home or to see family in an emergency
- Medical bills (hospital, vision, dental)
- Winter and professional attire
- Academic course materials
- Graduate school exam prep or application fees
- Academic or pre-professional opportunity, such as conference participation or travel to reach an internship/job
VPUL’s Student Intervention Services (SIS) leads the Emergency and Opportunity Funding process. SIS works closely with Student Financial Services, Penn First Plus, and Alumni Relations, which also contribute funds and expertise in evaluating student applications.
We strongly recommend that students speak with their assigned financial aid counselor to discuss any award that may be received. The team strives to honor requests, but some students may not be eligible for emergency grants. Students with denied requests will still receive guidance and support from the team to identify other possibilities. To learn more about other, non-grant options please review our Funding FAQ document.
Submit a complete application, including any supporting documentation
- Student receives an email, typically within 48 hours, inviting them to schedule a one-on-one meeting with SIS staff member
- Student meets with SIS staff member to review the application and discuss any related issues
- Grant team meets weekly, reviewing applications
- Student typically notified of a decision within 48 business hours of the weekly funding meeting
Campus Collaboration and History
The care and support of Penn students through Emergency and Opportunity funding is a collaboration among University support services and donors.
Student Intervention Services works closely with Student Registration and Financial Services, Penn First Plus, Alumni Relations, and other partners to review applications, refer students to resources, and make awards to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students.
Emergency and Opportunity grants are made possible by the generous support of multiple campus funding sources, including:
- Penn Student Government
- Penn First Plus
- Student Financial Services
- The Provost’s Office
- The James Brister Society
- The Association of Latino Alumni
- The Association of Alumnae
- The Trustees Council of Penn Women
- Makuu: The Black Cultural Center
- Wharton Undergraduate Executive Board
The Emergency and Opportunity grant process was formally established by a 2017 donation from the Class of 1967 to the University Life division. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Penn Student Government made a significant gift from unspent programming funds to assist classmates facing unprecedented academic, medical, personal, pre-professional, or technological challenges.
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