Ohio University

OHIO Emergency Microgrants


These emergency micro-grants are designed to help OHIO students facing financial difficulty due to emergency situations or one-time hardships. The funds are awarded to help alleviate short-term financial need and are managed by the Dean of Students Office in collaboration with Student Financial Aid and Scholarships. This fund is sustained through generous gifts of donors, and grants awarded do not need to be repaid.

Micro-Grant Guidelines

Grants do not typically exceed $1,000, and are specific to the identified need.
Generally, grants can only be awarded once per academic year.

What Micro-Grants Cover

  • Safety needs (changing of locks, temporary housing changes)
  • Replacement of belongings, including text books, due to fire, theft or natural disaster
  • Medical/Dental bills (cannot cover outstanding balances)
  • Housing/Rent/Utilities
  • Food/Groceries
  • Personal Automobile/Travel
  • Child care
  • Other emergency or unforeseen circumstances

What Micro-Grants do NOT Cover

  • Tuition and Fees
  • Legal Fines/Expenses
  • Parking Tickets/Fines
  • Health Insurance
  • Study Abroad costs
  • Anything that would show up on your university bill would NOT be covered


  • Student must be a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate degree-seeking Ohio University (Athens Campus) student in the semester in which the funds are being requested with at least half-time to full-time credit hours (6-12 hours).
  • Must have a proven record of academic progress verified by earned credits, GPA and good academic standing.
  • Student has a FASFA on file with Financial Aid or willing to complete one (if able).
  • Student has exhausted all possible other financial resources, including student loans, Medicaid, personal financial accounts, etc. (unwillingness to take out student loans does not constitute a financial hardship).
  • Student must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial need (e.g. billing statements, receipts, repair estimates, etc.)


A student can be considered for a micro-grant by filling out an online application: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?OhioUniv&layout_id=37. The application is confidential but does require disclosure for verification of information, including a personal interview. The decision of the awarding of the grants will happen on a rolling basis. Applications are reviewed weekly by a team of university professionals. To set up a recommended pre-application assessment meeting with DOS Assistant Dean Kathy Fahl, email Kathy@ohio.edu at the time of application.

Awarded students will have the money deposited in their bank account. If they do not have direct deposit, they should sign up at the time of application. Instructions are here: https://www.ohio.edu/bursar/direct-deposit.cfm. If students do not have a bank account, talk with the DOS assistant dean to explore other options.

Applications are reviewed weekly. If students have a firm date for needed assistance, they should include that in the application. If the application is approved, the student will receive an email to their OHIO account.

Assistant dean of students will complete the Direct Student Payment Release form and return it to the Office of the Bursar. The Emergency Microgrant is considered a direct payment scholarship through the Bursar. Payments by direct deposit are processed the next business day. Checks are issued on Thursdays and will be mailed to the student’s local address. This scholarship will be reported on the IRS Form 1098-T and is considered a resource when determining overall eligibility for student financial aid.

International Students: 14% of the awarded amount may be deducted for income tax withholding. Assessment is based on the student’s residency status for tax purposes and provisions of any tax treaty between the U.S. and the student’s country of residence.