Basic Needs


Economic Crisis Response Grant

Section 1

The Economic Crisis Response Grant is a case-specific, university intervention to be utilized to address a student's financial crisis. 

Students may request up to $2,000 to help with their financial crisis.


A student under consideration for the Economic Crisis Response (ECR) grant must:

  • Be a currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at the University of California, Irvine
  • Demonstrate a financial crisis that is affecting their access to basic needs, including housing, food, medical and/or mental health care
      • You must have exhausted all resources (financial aid loans, deferment plans, community resources, etc.) in order to be eligible for the grant
      • You must have room in your Financial Aid budget to receive this grant 
      • This grant cannot cover tuition and fees

Steps to Apply:

STEP 1: Submit an intake form to verify Financial Aid eligibility

STEP 2: The Financial Aid Counselor for Basic Needs will check eligibility and FRESH staff will email you to confirm eligibility. If eligible, you will receive a link to submit the application

STEP 3: The Economic Crisis Response Team will review the application and the committee chair will communicate with you to inform you of the outcome of the decision.

  • If approved, the funds will be disbursed via Financial Aid within 24 hours
  • If denied, student will receive communication and referral to additional resources

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