Emergency Grant Funding

For the past few years, UW-Platteville has been able to utilize federal COVID relief funds to offer emergency grants for UW-Platteville students. Unfortunately, all federal COVID funds have now been exhausted and UW-Platteville has very limited funding available to provide emergency grants. Please read the current eligibility criteria for our Pioneers Helping Pioneers Emergency Grants.

Pioneers Helping Pioneers grant applications are not accepted during the winter break and the PHP office will be closed. Processing applications for PHP will pause after Wednesday, Dec. 21 and restart after the 10th day of Spring semester classes in 2023.

Emergency Grant Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a UW-Platteville main campus undergraduate student.
  • Must be enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
  • Must have a specific, qualifying emergency. This might include risk of becoming homeless, current food insecurity, inability to access needed transportation, pressing technology needs, and medical emergencies. Other emergencies will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students must currently have a Pell Grant as a part of their financial aid package. Students without Pell Grants with truly extenuating circumstances will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students must be able to submit a bill, invoice, etc. identifying their emergency financial need as part of their application.
  • Students may only receive one PHP emergency grant per year.

To apply

To apply, students must come in person to the Pioneers Helping Pioneers Office. There, a staff person will be available to answer questions, discuss next steps in the application process, and provide additional resources that might be available.

Pioneers Helping Pioneers Office

Location: 0112 Warner Hall
Hours: Monday-Thursday from 1-5 p.m. for walk-in appointments
Email: php@uwplatt.edu


The Pioneers Helping Pioneers fund is sustained solely through donations from alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university. If you are interested in donating to PHP, please email php@uwplatt.edu or visit the online giving page.

Learn More

UW-Platteville has been providing emergency grant funding to students since 2017 and has found that at least 93% of students who received the funding return to campus the next semester. Supporting vulnerable students in their time of need makes a difference. View the Pioneers Helping Pioneers handout.

What our students are saying:

“I am completely on my own, trying to juggle two jobs and school. My jobs have also cut hours, and now I am coming up short on a majority of my bills. It would be greatly appreciated if I could receive any help that could be given to me so that I can keep pushing toward my goal of finishing school and worry less about finances.”

“During COVID, it is hard to say, but there was not enough food for my siblings and me. I come from a big family, and before the virus my parents did their best to put food on the table and make sure we had a roof over our heads. My parents were forced to stop working, and all the bills started to pile up. The start of the Coronavirus is affecting me personally, but it is also affecting me academically. This is a major issue because college means the most to me and my family. My success here at UW-Platteville will help every member of my family...”

“I’m barely making it. I don’t even have money for food and gas. I had to rely on my parents to send me fifty dollars a week so that I can feed myself and drive to work. They can’t afford to give me more money. I currently don’t have any money to pay my October car payment and November rent.”