Cayuga Student Emergency Fund
Experiencing an Unforeseen Emergency? Need one-time financial assistance to stay enrolled?

The Student Emergency Fund provides grants for Cayuga students to pay for urgent expenses triggered by unforeseen events that threaten their ability to stay in college.

If you are enrolled in an associate degree-seeking program, attempting at least 6 credits this semester, have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, are in good academic standing, AND any of the following is true, apply for help:

  • Are you homeless or being evicted from your place of residence?
  • Have you been affected by a natural disaster?
  • Are you a victim of domestic violence?
  • Are you a victim of theft?
  • Have your child care arrangements suddenly changed for the worse?
  • Have you recently and unexpectedly lost your job?
  • Do you have an urgent need for something that will help you stay in school but cannot afford it?


These emergency funds are made possible through the generosity of the Heckscher Foundation for Children and the Gerstner Family Foundation.
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  • Enrolled at Cayuga Community College pursuing associate degree
  • Full-time or half-time (currently taking at least half the number of credits to be full-time)
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and otherwise in good standing with the college


  • homelessness or threat of eviction
  • medical or dental emergency
  • natural disaster
  • domestic violence
  • theft
  • loss of employment


Eligible Expense Examples:

  • rent
  • utilities
  • food
  • clothing
  • furniture
  • medical or dental expenses
  • child care
  • transportation
  • replacement of stolen item needed for school

NOT Eligible Expense Examples:

  • tuition
  • college fees
  • books
  • credit card debt
  • cable bills
  • legal representation


ATTENTION: All funds have been expended for the FALL 2018 semester.

Access the online application. If you have questions or need assistance with completing the application:go to Lisa Dinneen in Student Affairs, call 315-294-8669, or email Also, any faculty or staff member on campus can direct you to the right place for support.


Additional Notes:

  • Situations and expenses listed are examples only; additional ones may qualify, and those listed may not be depending on the specific circumstances.
  • Maximum grant size is $2,000.
  • Must show evidence of expense (ex: bill); payment will be made to a third party (ex: landlord).
  • Funds will be available within 72 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) of a complete application being received (including evidence of expense).
  • Each student is eligible for no more than one grant in an academic year.
  • Grants are only available during fall and spring semesters.
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