Financial Assistance Resources

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Campus Resources

Office of Student Financial Aid

Phone: (217) 333-0100

Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

The Office of Student Financial Aid administers financial aid programs and services to students and their families, striving to increase affordability and enhance student enrollment and graduation. The office is dedicated to maintaining fiscal and regulatory integrity, providing timely and accurate information, and ensuring the proper stewardship of all University, federal, state, and private funds.

Emergency Dean Fund

The fund is available to provide one-time financial assistance per academic year to enrolled, degree-seeking students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of a temporary hardship related to an emergency, such as an accident, illness, natural disaster, recent job loss, or other unforeseen circumstance.

If you feel that you may be eligible for this fund, please make an appointment with Assistant Director for Basic Needs Coordination, Abisola Smith at (217) 333-0050 or via email at

Graduate Student Emergency Grant

Emergency grants of up to $500.00 may be available to graduate students to help relieve acute, unexpected problems that are of a short-term nature.

International Students and Scholar Services

ISSS has limited funding available to assist international students who currently attend the university and are experiencing unexpected short-term or emergency financial hardship.

Community Resources

Empty Tomb

Phone: (217) 356-2262

Helping Appointments: Mondays, 9:00 am for up to ten callers. Up to $30 is available for various needs, such as rent, power bills, bus tokens, and automobile gasoline.

Finding Employment

Virtual Job Board

Office of Student Financial Aid

Phone: (217) 333-0100

The Virtual Job Board is a service provided to students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The job board is intended to assist students in finding part-time employment. University of Illinois departments are encouraged, but not required, to post their student employment positions on the job board; therefore, students should be aware that this is not a comprehensive listing of all on-campus student employment opportunities and may want to explore other options for securing on-campus jobs. University policy requires background checks for certain positions and for individuals who have regular contact with minors. The employing department or campus human resource office will notify students if a background check is required for the position.

Financial Wellness

Student Money Management Center

Phone: (217) 333-2180

The SMMC maintains an educational website with financial resources, provides peer-to-peer mentoring and delivers group financial educational sessions for University of Illinois students.

University of Illinois Extension Financial Wellness Program

Phone: (217) 333-5900

The U of I Extension Financial Wellness program provides outreach education including: one on one financial management assistance, presentations to clubs, financial education resource center, and referrals to related financial community and university services.