Bo & Candy Ellis Student Success Fund: Emergency Grant Aid

Emergency grant funds are available to assist Marquette University students who experience a financial emergency or unanticipated expense that causes financial hardship. This funding is meant to help in emergency situations that may affect a student’s ability to continue their academic progress. Our goal is to provide students with emergency grant aid to reimburse emergency expenses and help continue their academic journey at Marquette.  

What is emergency grant aid?  

Emergency grant aid awards are grants that reimburse actual expenses in a financial emergency or crisis that a student is facing. These awards are grants - NOT loans and will not need to be repaid.  

To be eligible for emergency grant aid, students must:  

  • Be enrolled at Marquette University in a degree-seeking program at the time they are applying for emergency assistance.  
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress in a degree-seeking program.  
  • They must be seeking emergency support funds while currently enrolled at Marquette. Costs for previous or future academic years will not be considered.  
  • Further details regarding eligibility are listed on the Bo & Candy Student Success Fund application here.

Here are some examples of the types of emergency expenses grant aid can be applied to:   

  • Current emergency medical expenses not covered by insurance  
  • Books/course materials for the current course term  
  • Technology/equipment needed to ensure continuity of learning  
  • Homelessness, sudden loss of housing, or imminent loss of housing 
  • Utility bills – must have current date  
  • Loss of childcare  
  • Health insurance premiums  
  • Replacement of stolen equipment essential to student’s coursework at Marquette University (as long as a police report is filed, and copy supplied)  
  • Other financial needs arising from individual and/or special circumstances to be determined on a case-by-case basis (please review application for more details) 



Other campus resources for students experiencing financial insecurities and related stressors: 

  • Office of Student Financial Aid | Marquette Central, Zilber Hall, First Floor | The Office of Student Financial Aid provides undergraduate and graduate students with resources about types of financial aid and student employment. See also their scholarship page.


  • Backpack Program | Mashuda Hall, East Entrance | Free and confidential service that provides groceries and necessary toiletries to any Marquette student who is having difficulty accessing affordable, nutritious food and other essential household items
  • For additional support, students can also check their eligibility for Wisconsin's FoodShare program, access food resources through College Hunger or consider other community food services.


Medical Care

  • Marquette Medical Clinic | Schroeder Complex, Lower Level | Provides quality care and preventive health education for the university community, in the most accessible, efficient, sensitive, confidential and affordable manner possible. See their clinic services. 

Mental Health

  • The Counseling Center | Holthusen Hall, 2nd Floor | The Counseling Center provides a variety of clinical and consultation services to support the mental health needs of Marquette students.
  • Marquette’s CARE Team | Helps students connect with professional care providers to address emotional and behavioral concerns.


  • No Cost Book Loans |

    Free textbook rentals for undergraduate students through the Community. Books. You. program.

If you’d like to donate to the emergency grant funds at Marquette University, please use this link. Thank you for your support! 

Please contact with any further questions.