Emergency and Essential Needs

Through generous donor support, SES provides funding to cover costs associated with emergencies and essential needs. Funding is provided through two primary funds: 1) The Knight Family Foundation Emergency Fund; and 2) The Marshall Fund. Both funds work in partnership to support Northwestern undergraduate students.  

Eligibility

Eligibility for funding is based on financial need, as determined by the Office of Undergraduate Financial Aid. All requests for funding should be submitted by applying for the SEEN Fund through the SES One Form. Please note, if this is your first time applying for One Form, you must complete two steps. Step One: Complete the General Application; Step Two: Complete the SEEN Fund Application.

Eligible Non-Eligible
Food Insecurity Tuition and Fees
Office Visits (Mental health, Dental, Vision, Hospitals, Doctor's Office etc.) Rent
Outstanding Medical Bills Study Abroad
Emergency Travel  Non-Emergency Travel Home
Prescription Medication Travel Over Breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring)
Preventative Dental Course-related books and supplies
Preventative Vision Tobacco
Testing for disabilities Alcohol
Other (reviewed on a case-by-case basis) Entertainment expense
Technology Repairs 


Policy/Additional Information

  • All requests are processed via reimbursement (unless there are extenuating circumstances)
  • Applications will be reviewed and responded to within 2 weeks of submission
  • 85% coverage for medical bills (SES pays 85%, Student pays 15%)
  • $250 vision max and eye exam
  • SES will cover medical/mental health related costs for eligible-students on leave
  • $30 max for mental health copays (if your health insurance exceeds that costs, please reach out to SES for further assistance)

Questions?

Please email Christina A. Smith.