Student Emergency Relief Fund

Student Emergency Relief Fund UPDATE: The Invisible Need Project’s view of “unexpected & emergency” expenses has broadened in light of COVID-19.  SERF is available to help students with any basic/urgent expenses, even those which haven’t typically qualified for SERF (i.e. rent).  All requests still need to be submitted through the application (below), including documentation.  Financial Aid eligibility is still part of the review process, and direct deposit of funds is being used when possible.

Help for students with financial needs outside of the expected costs of education.


For the year and/or term in which assistance is sought, students must:

  • Be enrolled at WMU at least half-time
    For undergraduate students, half-time enrollment is 6 hours during Fall or Spring, and 3 hours during Summer I or II. 
    For graduate students, half-time enrollment is 3 hours during Fall or Spring and 2 hours during Summer I or II.
  • Have a current FAFSA on file (domestic students only).
  • Have remaining financial need as calculated by Student Financial Aid.

Expected Costs of Attendance

NOT Eligible for SERF

Examples of Unexpected Costs

Eligible for SERF

Tuition (including Study Abroad) Car Repairs
Fees Fire or Flood Damage
Room & Board (Rent) Lost or broken eyeglasses
Textbooks Instrument repair



This is not a scholarship.  Applications are reviewed by Student Financial Aid to determine if alternative sources of financial assistance are available to you and you will be notified accordingly.  Please note that if your application is approved, SERF aid may be counted toward your total financial aid package and may affect your eligibility for other forms of financial assistance.  Students may receive only one SERF award per academic year.  The maximum SERF award is $1,000.


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