Emergency Grant Aid

The Bo & Candy Ellis Emergency Grant Application for Spring 2023 is currently closed due to a high volume of applications. The application page will reopen in Fall 2023. We apologize for any inconvenience, please reach out to the Student Financial Aid Office if you have questions regarding financial aid.

Emergency grant aid (Bo & Candy Ellis Student Success Fund) aims to help in emergency situations that may affect a student’s ability to continue their academic progress. The goal is to provide students with emergency grant aid to reimburse emergency expenses and help continue their academic journey at Marquette.

These awards are grants - NOT loans and will not need to be repaid.


  • Be currently enrolled at Marquette University in a degree-seeking program at the time they are applying for emergency assistance. Costs for previous or future academic years are not considered.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress in a degree-seeking program.

Further details regarding eligibility are listed on the Bo & Candy Student Success Fund application.

Emergency Grant Use

Emergency grant funds are available to assist Marquette University students experiencing a financial emergency or unanticipated expense causing financial hardship. Some examples of the types of emergency expenses grant aid can be applied to:

  • Current emergency medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Books/course materials for the current course term
  • Technology/equipment needed to ensure continuity of learning
  • Homelessness, sudden loss of housing, or imminent loss of housing
  • Utility bills – must have current date
  • Loss of childcare
  • Health insurance premiums
  • Replacement of stolen equipment essential to student’s coursework at Marquette University (as long as a police report is filed, and copy supplied)

Apply for Emergency Grant



Additional Financial Resources

Other campus resources for students experiencing financial insecurities and related stressors: 

Financial Aid and Scholarships


  • Backpack Program is a free and confidential service that provides groceries and necessary toiletries to any Marquette student who is having difficulty accessing affordable, nutritious food and other essential household items.
  • Students can check their eligibility for Wisconsin's FoodShare program, access food resources through College Hunger or consider other community food services.


Medical Care

Mental Health

  • The Counseling Center provides a variety of clinical and consultation services to support the mental health needs of Marquette students.
  • Marquette’s CARE Team helps students connect with professional care providers to address emotional and behavioral concerns.


  • No Cost Book Loans provides free textbook rentals for undergraduate students through the Community. Books. You. program.