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Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund is named after Elaine Manglitz, a former Vice President of Student Affairs at Clayton State University who committed to ensuring resources are available to help students overcome barriers to their academic journey. The purpose of the student emergency fund is to provide short-term assistance and support to enrolled students experiencing financial challenges due to personal hardships.

In addition to the Student Emergency Fund, the Clayton State University provides extensive basic needs support programs:

The Elaine Manglitz Student Emergency Fund is available through generous donations from alumni, the community, faculty/staff, and other support entities.

Interested in Donating? Donate to the Student Emergency Fund

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants must be currently enrolled at Clayton State University during the semester they seek financial assistance.
  • Applicant must demonstrate emergency support is directly tied to their ability to remain in college
  • Applicant must have a financial need/hardship that potentially inhibits or threatens their ability to successfully begin/complete the upcoming/current semester.
  • Other possible financial resources must have been considered and exhausted.
    • Financial aid package (including student loans)
    • Payment Plans for bills and student account
  • Applicants must provide sufficient documentation of financial need or situation.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in at least six credit hours in a degree-seeking program during a fall or spring semester in which funds are requested (3 credit hours minimum for summer term).
  • Must be in good academic and social standing with the University
  • Must not have a Clayton State University administrative hold on student record

Application Process

  • Compete the Student Emergency Fund Application with supporting documentation
    • Examples of supporting documentation: Quotes, Estimates, receipts, news articles, incident report
  • Once we receive your request Care Services will contact you directly to gather additional information.
  • Award amounts vary and are only awarded once per year. The Student Emergency Fund is typically reviewed between 3-5 business days.
  • Awards will be disbursed via check.

Apply for tor the Student Emergency Fund


The Student Emergency Fund can be awarded as a grant (no repayment) or loan (repayment) with a maximum award of $500.


The Student Emergency Fund CAN be used to cover:

  • Off-campus housing rent
  • Essential items that have been destroyed due to an unexpected circumstance (e.g., fire, flood)
  • Utilities
  • Daycare or emergency child care for dependents
  • Food or groceries that the Laker Care Pantry cannot support
  • Safety needs
  • One-time Medical expense
  • Emergency travel
  • Car Repair/Transportation cost
  • Books
  • Safety needs

The Student Emergency Fund CAN NOT be used to cover:

  • On-campus housing application and fees
  • Tuition or university fees (Course enrollment fee, departmental fees, meal plans, housing)
  • Parking tickets or fines
  • Personal loans, credit card payments
  • Application or testing fees for academics (e.g., GRE)


Questions about the Student Emergency Fund and other student basic need support programs can be directed to:

Clayton State Care Services
(678) 466-5467