The Carroll and Milton Petrie Student Emergency Fund was created for the purpose of providing a quick response to short-term emergency situations by providing students in need with emergency grant funds. The emergency grants are provided with the purpose of enabling students to stay in college, rather than being forced to take a leave or drop out.

Applications should be submitted by November 15 for the fall semester or April 15 for the spring semester. Grants are only available during the summer if the student is registered and it is their final semester.

Fill out the Emergency Grant Application for consideration. Applications will be considered after the first week of classes each semester.

Funding is limited and not all requests can be approved.


Students who face unexpected financial hardship or even homelessness can apply for financial assistance through the Carroll and Milton Petrie Emergency Grant program.  

Awards of up to $3,000 are available for undergraduate and graduate students in good standing who have attended at least one semester at Purchase College.

Cash grants are awarded to students with short-term, verifiable emergencies.

Please note: because of the number of requests and limited funding, the committee will only consider applicants who have taken all of the federal loans that that been offered to them as part of their financial aid package.

Eligibility Requirements

To qualify, students must:

  • Be an enrolled, matriculated student with a minimum GPA of a 2.0 for an undergraduate student and a 3.0 for a graduate student;
  • Have attended Purchase College for at least one semester; and
  • Have a good record of conduct.

Ineligible Expenses

Personal debts, full or partial costs, legal representation, tuition, college fees and on-campus housing costs.  This is not a complete listing. Please contact the Associate Director of Student Success if you have questions regarding your situation.

Examples of Qualifying Emergencies

Example of emergencies to be considered include, but are not limited to:

  • Temporary loss of student’s job or jobs;
  • Unanticipated loss resulting in lack of funds to get to and from college;
  • Sudden loss resulting in lack of funds for food or a meal plan;
  • Theft of computer, books, clothing or essential belongings;
  • Medical bills for uninsured necessary appointments, accidents or surgery;
  • Eyeglasses or essential dental work;
  • Travel home for illness or death in the immediate family;
  • Homelessness due to loss of housing, for student and family dependents;
  • Fire in living quarters;
  • Sudden loss of childcare to cover during academic classes.

Apply for the Petrie Grant