The purpose of the Medical Student Emergency Support Fund is to assist medical students at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health by promoting financial wellness through limited, financial support. Financial support may be used for assistance with emergency expenses surrounding situations such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, fire damage, theft, or, needs related to COVID-19.

Types of permissible expenses include, but are not limited to, travel costs related to death or serious illness in one’s immediate family; medication or other health costs not covered by a student’s health insurance; childcare or other expenses due to COVID-19; safety needs; the replacement of essential personal belongings due to theft, fire, or other natural disasters. These funds are intended to provide some relief and, in turn, to help support the wellbeing of students during emergencies.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be incoming or currently enrolled medical students and have temporary hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incidents. Funding amounts will generally not exceed $500 and are subject to fund availability. Funding approval will be determined through an application process and committee decision.

Funds will not be used to support technology purchases. If you need to purchase a computer or other required technology please contact Emma Crawford, Manager of Financial Aid and Financial Wellness,

Funds received through the Medical Student Emergency Support Fund are considered grants and do not have to be paid back. We encourage students to work closely with Emma Crawford during financial emergencies. These funds were made possible from the generous support of the Wisconsin Medical Alumni Association, our alumni and others on the medical campus.


Complete the form below. The Medical Student Emergency Support Fund Committee will review the application for approval of funding. Students will be promptly notified via email of any approved funds.

Students are encouraged to sign up for eRefunding in order to expedite the disbursement process. Students that have not signed up eRefunding will receive a check via US mail. Checks are mailed out to the address on file.