Ohio Wesleyan offers emergency funds to help eligible students with unexpected non-school-related expenses that threaten their ability to remain enrolled at the University and to complete their degree.

What Emergency Funds Can and Cannot Cover

OWU Emergency Funds are available to assist students with unexpected emergency expenses that could impact their continued enrollment.

Emergency funds are not available to pay for school-related expenses such as tuition, course-related fees, room and board, summer or break on-campus housing or meal expenses, health insurance, travel-away opportunities, airfare before or after break periods, or personal technology. Emergency funds are also not available for citations, fines or legal assistance.

Because this assistance is intended to cover unexpected emergency expenses, funding is not available for ongoing payments, such as monthly bills or other planned payments.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for Emergency Funds, an individual must be currently enrolled at OWU in a degree-seeking program and have a demonstrated financial need. To be eligible for Emergency Funds, U.S. students must have completed the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and have an expected family contribution (EFC) of $7,500 or less per year. The Office of Financial Aid is able to help verify eligibility if needed. Needs for international students will be assessed in consultation with the Dean of Students office.

Emergency funds are considered to be aid from the University. Students cannont recieve more aid than their expected Cost of Attendance. The Dean of Students office consults with OWU Financial Aid staff to verify eligibility and if they student can recieve the requested amount.

How to Apply

Contact the Office of the Dean of Students or complete a short online application. A member of the team will review your situation with you.

Receiving Funds

If the application for funding is approved, the University will coordinate with the student to make a payment for them. Students cannot receive funds directly as payment will be made to a service provider (such as an auto mechanic or a medical office) on your behalf, based on cost estimates or other required documentation. The University will also not be able to reimburse students or others for payments that have already been made.

Have Questions?

Verify your FAFSA status or EFC by contacting the Financial Aid Office located on the second floor of Slocum Hall in Room 246, at 740-368-3050, or at financialaid@owu.edu.

Discuss your need with a Dean in the Office of Student Engagement and Success on the second floor of Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, at 740-368-3135, or at deansoffice@owu.edu