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Bruce & Kathy Pitman Emergency Fund

The Bruce & Kathy Pitman Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to University of Idaho students who are experiencing emergency situations that impede academic progress and for those who cannot reasonably resolve their financial situation through other sources. Funds will be awarded as grants to help alleviate short-term financial needs. These grants are not loans and do not need to be repaid but are considered taxable income. This grant may affect your current and future financial aid package.

Criteria for approval and granted amounts will be based on available funds, documentation of need, and eligibility. As a way to balance the current financial need with available resources, we may not be able to grant your full request but will do the best we can to assist you.

Applicants may be required to meet with the member of the Dean of Students staff to determine the best option.

Priority will be given to financial need that is not related to educational expenses, but tuition/fees requests may be considered. Examples of financial need that will not be considered includes but is not limited to legal fees, credit card debt and previous educational debt.

Students enrolled in the College of Law can click here for financial assistance information.

Emergency Fund Qualifications and Process

  • Must be currently enrolled at the University of Idaho in a degree program. Priority will be given to students enrolled full time but consideration will also be given to students enrolled part time.
  • Must have considered (or have exhausted) alternative funding options for assistance. These may include emergency loans, student aid, or other resources.
  • Must be experiencing financial hardship resulting from an emergency or crisis and must be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial need (these can include billing statements, receipts, etc.)
  • Has not have received financial assistance from the Bruce and Kathy Pitman Fund before (limited to one approved application per semester).

  • Homelessness due to loss of housing or threat of eviction
  • Domestic violence
  • Destruction of housing due to fire or natural disaster
  • Theft of essential belongings
  • Overdue bills (medical, rent, utility turn-off notice)
  • Temporary job loss
  • Unexpected medical emergency

  • Medical/Dental
  • Housing/Rent/Utilities
  • Food/Groceries
  • Transportation/Travel
  • Child Care
  • Books/Supplies

Examples of need that will not be considered include but are not limited to legal fees, credit card debt and previous educational debt.

Your application will be reviewed by the Dean of Students and you will be notified via your Vandal email account of your status. If you have questions about the process, please email Please allow 10 full business days for response to your application.

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Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Dr. MS 2431
Moscow, ID 83844-2431

Phone: 208-885-6757

Fax: 208-885-9494


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