Emergency Dean Fund

How Can You Help?

This is an unprecedented time for our campus, our community, our nation, our world. We are receiving many inquiries about “how can I help students” at this time.  If you want to help students specifically impacted by COVID 19, please visit the Illinois Cares: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund .

We’d like you to know about the Emergency Dean Fund, where our University of Illinois students have turned for more than 10 years when they are faced with unexpected, unforeseen, and unavoidable emergency expenses. 

The “Emergency Dean” is an invaluable resource for all Illinois students and families, available 24 hours a day and seven days a week since 1970. The Emergency Dean Fund was created in 2009 to provide immediate assistance for unanticipated hardships resulting from emergencies or crisis situations.  Examples of ways in which the Emergency Dean Fund has been used to help students in their time of need include

    • clothing for victims of a building fire
    • hotel rooms for students displaced due to a crisis situation
    • meal tickets so that students could eat on campus without charge after their residence was destroyed
    • plane fare for a student returning home abruptly to attend the funeral of an immediate family member

When you contribute to this fund, you enable us to make a difference in our students’ security and academic survival. You are contributing to the welfare of all Illinois students. Additional information about the Emergency Dean Fund, and how it differs from the COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund can be found here.

Oversight of the Emergency Dean fund is provided by the Student Assistance Center in the Office of the Dean of Students and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs & Dean of Student Support and Advocacy.

If you would like to help us support our Illinois students in their time of need,  please support the Emergency Dean Fund.