Student Emergency Resources



UT Southwestern understands that financial stress is sometimes a fact of life. We endeavor to enable students in crisis to remain enrolled and focused on their program of study, and reduce stress levels caused by unforeseen financial predicaments.

Student Financial Aid

If you haven’t applied for traditional financial aid, the first step is usually to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you have questions about the FAFSA or whether you’ll be eligible, please contact us anytime by or 214-648-3611. Our office is open Monday – Friday from 8 am to 5 pm, in the Bryan Williams Student Center.

The David Nathan Meyerson Emergency Fund

The David Nathan Meyerson Emergency Fund provides support to degree-seeking students in good standing who encounter acute financial emergencies, including essential expenses resulting from medical emergency, unexpected travel, other essential needs, etc. for which alternative means may not be readily available or accessible. An emergency, for the purposes of this program, is an unexpected expense which the student is struggling to pay, and which will have an immediate impact on the student’s persistence or completion of their academic program.

A student will be eligible for a single award of any amount in a twelve-month period. Funds given to students will not be repaid. Some scholarships and grants may be taxable - recipients are encouraged to consult the IRS website or get assistance from a tax professional if they have questions.

Complete the David Nathan Meyerson Emergency Fund Application online.

The Student Emergency Fund is made possible through a generous donation from The Morton H. Meyerson Family Foundation through the David Nathan Meyerson Fund.

Other Resources

Texas Department of Health & Human Services (or just dial 211 from any phone) - List of food pantries, the zip codes they serve, and hours of operation

North Texas Food Bank - Searchable map of food pantries. Each food pantry listed is accompanied by website link, hours of operation, directions to the site, and distance from a specified zip code

Denton Community Food Center

North Dallas Shared Ministries – Provides a variety of services, including tax preparation help, furniture, assistance with applying for SNAP and Medicaid, ESL classes, and school supplies to eligible families

  • Friday FoodBasket - Pre-packaged bag of groceries, including a dozen eggs and a half-gallon of milk for low-income seniors and selected disabled persons who are on SSI (Supplemental Security Income) or SSDI (Social Security Disability Insurance) regardless of where they live
  • Help with rent and utilities
  • Clothes Closet
  • Health & Wellness - medical, dental, and behavioral health clinics, as well as eye exams and glasses

NDSM Dallas Area Guide to Emergency Assistance - An exhaustive guide to Dallas area emergency assistance programs 

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