Emergency Funding

Emergency funding is available for students with a financial hardship due to unexpected events. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for one of the following types of emergency aid.

Emergency Loans

In a financial emergency, students may be able to obtain a short-term emergency loan. This loan must be repaid within a specified time period (generally three months) so other needy students can benefit from these limited funds.

  • How do I apply?
    • Student needs to apply for an emergency loan in the Student Financial Services Office (SFS). Please contact our office via email, phone, or drop-in during regular business hours.
    • The emergency loan must be approved; and
    • The promissory note must be signed with SFS by 10 a.m. on a given day. If the student initiates the process with SFS later than 10 a.m., the request may not be processed until the next business day.
  • How much can I borrow?
    • Short-term emergency loans may be granted up to $2,000.
  • How will I receive my funds?
    • Emergency loan is disbursed between 1-3 business days
    • Bank processing time varies from institution to institution. Check in with your bank institution to ascertain their processing time
    • Decide on mode of payment: check mailed to home address on record or direct deposit
      • Make sure your address on record is correct to avoid delay
      • If you are opting for direct deposit, please complete a Non Payroll Direct Deposit Request form (EFT) (requires 2 business day set-up time)
  • How much time do I have to repay my loan?
    • Student has 90 days to pay back, without incurring interest
    • Student has 90 days to pay back to be eligible for additional emergency loans
    • If extenuating circumstances are affecting your ability to repay the loan within 90 days, please get in touch with the Student Accounts Service Desk at [email protected]
  • How will I repay my loan?

    Below is the information on how to pay with ECSI.

    To bring your account to current, please access the ECSI website and click on Your Payment Options.

    Below are your payment options:

    • Online payment – Visit the ECSI website to register and create a profile. You will need a Heartland Key. (ACH Payment or Credit Card)
    • Bill Pay – ECSI accepts payments through your bank or other third party bill pay service.
    • Mobile App – ECSI accepts payments via the EasyPath mobile app.
    • By phone – Call 1-888-549-3274 (ACH and Credit Card payments are accepted).
    • Mail a Check – Please make your check payable to: UC – San Francisco

      c/o: Heartland ECSI
      P.O. Box 1287
      Moon Township, PA 15108

    If you are having issues with your Heartland Key, please contact ECSI at 1-888-549-3274

Rapid Rehousing

This funding is awarded to those students with greatest financial need. The goal of this money is to secure, support, and prevent the imminent danger of student homelessness. If you are experiencing housing insecurity, please contact our office.