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Butler Emergency Assistance Fund

Please Note: If your emergency is related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis, please apply for the CARES Act Emergency Grants.

CARES Act Emergency Grants

  • Eligible expenses for the CARES Act Emergency Grant include food, housing, travel, course materials, technology, health care, and child care. 
  • Items NOT eligible for the CARES Act Grants include student account balances, any University charges (tuition, room, board, fees, etc.), and replacement of lost income. 
  • Expenses from Monday, March 16 through the summer term may be included in this application. 
  • Funds are limited and maximum grant amounts may apply.
  • Students must be eligible for federal financial aid based on the Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA) even if they did not utilize the federal aid. A completed 2019-2020 FAFSA must be on file for this application to be reviewed.
  • You should receive a response from the Office of Financial Aid within 3 - 5 business days via the email you provided on the application. 
  • Documentation of expenses may be requested prior to grant approval.
  • If your application is approved, funds will be disbursed directly to the student via check from the Office of Student Accounts and mailed to the home address in Please confirm your home address for prompt delivery.
  • Apply here.


The Butler Emergency Assistance Fund was created to provide gift assistance to students with a short-term, unforeseen financial hardship or immediate expense that may impact their academic success at Butler University.

Examples of Financial Hardships Considered

  • Unexpected medical and dental expenses
  • Housing and living costs
  • Transportation needs
  • Family/personal emergencies
  • Natural disasters
  • Theft
  • Loss of income

Credit card debt and other non-emergent matters may not be considered.

Note: Students with non-emergent financial hardships that do not qualify for the Butler Emergency Assistance Fund, including student account balances, are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid directly to discuss their situation and talk about possible aid options. 


To be eligible, students must:

  • Be in good standing with the University.
  • Be enrolled and attending classes in a degree-seeking program at Butler University.
  • Complete the Emergency Assistance Fund Application.

Guidelines & Processes

  • Students may receive the funds only once per semester.
  • Funds approved are generally between $100–$1500.
  • The funds do not need to be repaid; however, they may be subject to federal taxes.  Please consult with your tax preparer or accountant.
  • The Office of Financial Aid will review the application and will consider the student’s financial aid file to ensure that all financial aid eligibility is being utilized.
  • Applications will be reviewed during normal business hours. Please allow up to two business days for a response.
  • Funds are paid based on the type of request and urgency of the hardship.

Applying for the Funds

  • Apply here.
  • Applications will be accepted as long as funding is available.
  • Documentation may be required and should be submitted to the Office of Financial aid by email (, fax (317-940-8250), or in the office (Robertson Hall, lower level).
  • Applicants should meet with Sally Click, Dean of Students, to review their situation and find out if there are additional resources that may assist with the emergency. Call 317-940-9470 to schedule an appointment.
  • Each application is carefully reviewed to ensure all other financial aid resources are maximized first.

Funds made possible by:

  • The Ayres Student Assistance Fund, which was established to assist students who experience financial crisis during the school year.
  • Annual gifts designated to support this program.

If you are interested in supporting the Butler Emergency Assistance Fund through a charitable donation, please contact the Office of Annual Giving at 317-940-9469 or Gifts may be made online at

Resources Near Butler

St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry (2 locations)
3001 E. 30th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46218

4202 Boulevard Place
Indianapolis, IN 46208 

Mid-North Food Pantry
3333 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Crooked Creek Food Pantry
6940 N. Michigan Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46268

FHL Missional Food Pantry- Faith Hope and Love Community, Inc.
1100 West 42nd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208

Find additional information on Indiana food pantries, national networks, and resources.