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Short-Term Emergency Loans

Learn about short-term emergency loans available to students.

Limited student emergency loan funds are administered by the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office and are loaned in small amounts to help students in critical short-term emergencies. Short-term emergency loans:

  • Range in amounts from $500–$1,000
  • Can be borrowed once per quarter
  • Usually must be repaid within 30 days with a documented source of repayment
  • Are subject to a $20 service charge per emergency loan
  • Are not used to pay registration and tuition fees. Students can utilize the Triton Installment Plan to assist with registration and tuition fees.


  • You must be enrolled in at least 6 units.
  • Your registration fees must be paid prior to applying for the loan.
  • Your UCSD billing account must be clear with no account holds.

How to apply

Applications and further information are available from the Financial Aid and Scholarships Office. If you have serious financial concerns, you should meet with a financial aid counselor.