Emergency Grant Funding

Pioneers Helping Pioneers provides emergency financial support to students with unexpected expenses, outside of tuition. National trends show that, increasingly, it is unexpected costs—beyond tuition—that cause students to drop out of school. These are often as common as an unexpected car repair or medical bill, or basic needs like housing and food. Thirty-eight percent of UW-Platteville students reported that they would not be able to gather $400 on short notice in a financial emergency, putting them at risk of dropping out.

Current Students

Current students experiencing financial stress should complete the Pioneers Helping Pioneers interest form and a staff member will email application instructions within 3-5 business days.

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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. 

The Pioneers Helping Pioneers fund is sustained solely through donations from alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university.

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.”


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