Moody College Student Emergency Fund

The Moody College of Communication Student Emergency Fund was created with the mission of supporting students through various emergencies. We are aware that a financial contribution cannot fix all of the unique issues that a student may be facing, but we believe the emergency funds we are able to provide can help students get back on a path of success.

Funds provided in these emergency cases shall not exceed $500 and are granted at the discretion of the Dean’s Office. Funds DO NOT have to be repaid.

Types of Expenses

Typical expenses that may be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Medications/Prescriptions or costs related to medical care
  • Safety related needs (i.e. changing a lock on a vehicle or home)
  • Replacement of personal belongings due to fire or natural disaster
  • Assistance paying for professional mental health services.
  • Essential expenses because of a hardship related to an emergency situation (i.e. rent, utilities, food)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be students in the Moody College of Communication.
  • Applicants must have a temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency situation as outlined above.
  • For some expenses, applicants must be able to provide sufficient documentation that they have applied for support from the University's Student Emergency Services. Students who are denied funding from SES may still be eligible for the Moody Student Emergency Fund.

Once we confirm that your application is complete and accurate, we will respond as soon as possible. The application will be reviewed by an advisory committee and submitted for approval to the Dean’s Office.

NOTE: Moody College emergency funding may impact previously awarded aid, and is coordinated with the Student Emergency Services program and the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. You may be contacted for additional information in connection with this application.

Other Resources

  • UT Student Emergency Fund - limited emergency financial support to currently enrolled students who are unable to meet essential expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. Student Emergency Services is no longer offering emergency aid for COVID-related expenses.
  • BCCAL -Trained staff are available during business hours to answer COVID-19 questions and connect students, staff, and faculty with support and resources.
  • Health and Wellness Resources for Moody College students.
  • James M. Young Endowment provides funding that is intended for currently enrolled students with disabilities needing financial support.
  • Office of Scholarships and  Financial Aid – Apply for emergency loans
  • Texas Global – Apply for emergency tuition and cash loans
  • 2-1-1 Texas - A comprehensive list of resources in your local community for Texas residents.

If you or your parents have experienced a recent reduction in income or financial resources due to extenuating circumstances and you have already completed the FAFSA, please complete the  income reduction appeal for the appropriate academic year via DocuSign to receive more comprehensive aid than this emergency fund is able to offer.  The income reduction appeal (formerly known as the special circumstances appeal) allows UT Austin to assess your financial aid and make any adjustments to your financial aid package given your current situation. You may request a PDF via email to, but please note that PDF processing times may be delayed.

If you have already completed either your FAFSA or TAFSA, and would like to request a reevaluation of your cost of attendance, the estimated cost of all expenses that determines your maximum financial aid eligibility, you may submit a Cost of Attendance Appeal form. This may include expenses for computers, additional textbooks and supplies, increased rent/mortgage payment, and child care expenses.