Office of Multicultural Student Success

Rocket recovery emergency grant

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In June 2017, the University of Toledo was awarded a Emergency Fund grant for 2017-2019 by the Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates.

Program Information

The Rocket Recovery Emergency Grant provides assistance to undergraduate students at risk of dropping out of college due to unexpected financial emergencies. The student emergency fund was created to help students stay in college and meet their educational goals, ultimately, securing a better financial future.  The table below illustrates what expenses can be submitted for payment.  Students may request up to $1000 in emergency funds (bills will be paid directly to whom they are owed).  THIS IS NOT A CASH AWARD. Documentation of financial emergency will be required.

  • Utilities
  • Housing/Rent
  • Food/Meals
  • Medical/Dental expenses
  • Personal automobile expenses
  • Public transportation/bus pass
  • Child care
  • Gasoline
  • Tuition and fees
  • Course-related books and supplies
  • Program-related exams, medical tests, background checks, etc.
  • Legal fees
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Entertainment expenses
  • Parking Related expenses

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  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at The University of Toledo
  • Students must have an unforeseen financial emergency that is not likely to reoccur, and must be jeopardizing their ability to stay in school.
  • Must have a current, valid FAFSA on file
  • Must have an EFC (Estimated Family Contribution) of $7000 or less
  • Only (one) 1 grant can be awarded during the grant program (Fall 2017-Spring 2019)

Students must have unforeseen financial emergency that are not likely to reoccur, and must be jeopardizing your ability to stay in school. Students may request up to $1000 in emergency funds. Documentation of the financial emergency will be required.

Assistance is granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, gender identity/expression, disability or national origin.


Follow these easy steps to apply:

Application. Complete and submit the online application. Complete and submit documents. Once your application is complete, your application will be reviewed within one (1) business day.

Meeting. If eligible, we will call you to schedule an in person meeting. During the meeting, you will discuss your request and documentation will be reviewed.

Follow-Up. You will receive a follow-up email after the meeting has been conducted, informing you of your award eligibility and what further steps may need to be taken.



If your request is approved, a program administrator will work with you to make payment arrangements. Payments will be processed within two business days.


Please contact a Program Administrator:
David Young        (419) 530-3815
Dr. Michele Soliz  (419) 530-5323

About Great Lakes:

Dedicated to making college education a reality since 1967. Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers — as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. Its earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $200 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit

Last Updated: 6/30/19