Student Emergency Fund

The Student Emergency Fund (SEF) provides modest supplemental financial assistance to Main Campus matriculated MMC students currently enrolled for six (6) or more credits who are unable to meet immediate and essential expenses because of an unexpected, unforeseen, and/or unavoidable hardship or incident. Awards from the Student Emergency Fund may cover tuition or non-tuition expenses in an emergency situation and do not have to be repaid.

Made possible through the generous support of Carol L. Jackson and Emile Schreiber.

Non-tuition awards may be used for the following (not an exhaustive list):

  • Food expenses
  • Travel and transportation expenses
  • Housing expenses
  • Medical expenses (Omit PII {Personally Identifiable Information} from any submitted documentation) 

Textbooks, supplies, and academic-related technology are not considered unexpected or unforeseen expenses; they are part of the cost of attendance.  If you are struggling to purchase these items due to extenuating circumstances, please email:

About the Student Emergency Fund

Priority will be given to students with unmet individual basic needs of food, safety, and shelter. Additional consideration will be given to students whose attendance at MMC may be at risk because of unexpected and/or unavoidable expenses.

Emergency Awards:

  • Are not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, to support pre-existing circumstances/conditions, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid.
  • Are typically less than $150, and normally do not exceed $500 per student, although students should indicate on their application if extenuating or exceptional circumstances exist.
  • May be provided in a variety of ways, including cash, electronic transfer, or Dining Dollars.
  • Applicants may be required to meet with an MMC staff member to discuss their request.
  • Students may request support from the SEF no more than twice during their time as enrolled MMC students.
Award decisions and related amounts are determined by Student Life with the following taken into consideration:
  • Level of urgency
  • Reason for request
  • Amount requested
  • Student background and/or current situation
  • Administration of SEF budget


The Student Emergency Fund program is subject to change at any time.

How to Apply for a SEF Award

The SEF Committee, co-chaired by the AVP for Student Success and Engagement and the Dean of Students, or their designee, will normally review requests within two business days. Requests may be approved for any amount up to and including the requested amount.

The SEF will then be counted in the student’s financial aid package as Estimated Financial Assistance (EFA). The award will not reduce any federal, state, or institutional grants but may impact your subsidized loan eligibility.

Students will be notified of the decision and related details via MMC Engage/MMC email.

Submit SEF request

SEF Distribution

Depending on the approved amount, funds may be distributed via cash, electronic fund transfer (EFT), or check.  Funds distributed in cash can generally be processed in 1-3 days, and EFT/check take approximately 7-10 days to be processed.  

It is recommended students have electronic funds transfer (EFT) set up to receive emergency funds greater than $200. Students without EFT set-up can receive cash up to $200, and a check for the balance will be mailed to the preferred address on file. The preferred address can be updated in MMC Connect.

EFT/Direct Deposit Set-Up Instructions
Enrolling is quick and easy. Be sure to have your bank account and routing numbers on hand. To begin the process, follow the steps below:

  1. Log onto MMC Connect using your MMC credentials
  2. Under the ‘Financial Information’ section, select ‘Bank Information (U.S.)’ and follow the on-screen instructions.
  3. Once you complete the online registration, a confirmation email will be sent to your MMC email address.


Update Preferred Permanent Mailing Address

  1. Log onto MMC Connect using your MMC credentials
  2. Under the ‘User Account” section, select “Update Mailing Address” and follow the on-screen instructions.


Questions?  Email or call 212.774.0750. 


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