Emergency Financial Assistance

If you are a student experiencing an unanticipated financial challenge, the Student Support Foundation may be able to provide help.

A stand up sign says, "Student Food Pantry," with an arrow pointing toward the Hartman Union Building on campus.
  • Funding is available for students currently enrolled and taking classes at Plymouth State University.
  • The average granted funds range from $75 to $100, with a maximum grant of $200. 
  • Requests are accepted at the start of a semester through the week before finals each semester. A student board reviews and decides on all applications when school is in session.
  • Examples of items that can be funded with a grant:
    • Unanticipated financial emergencies due to COVID-19
    • Initial payment toward a future emergency medical expense
    • Emergency travel – only for travel to go home when you have no method of transportation (bus, train, friend, relative) to get there, such as break travel home or for a family emergency. .
    • Textbooks (see below for tips)
    • School supplies
  • Examples of items that cannot be funded with a grant:
    • Tuition
    • Parking tickets
    • PSU fees (for example, course overload fees, sorority/fraternity fees)
    • Non-PSU fees (for example, graduate school applications)
    • Requests made by Student Organizations at PSU

The program advisor, Casey Krafton, will contact the requestors to clarify the need and determines if there are other needs for support—financial and otherwise—that the requestor has. Once any clarification has been obtained, the requests are given to the student board, which considers the requests and comes to a consensus about funding the request.

Additional Information

A condition of receiving a grant from the Student Support Foundation is agreeing to provide the SSF with copies of receipts for the items you purchased with this money, within one week of receiving the SSF check. In this way, we know our efforts are working properly.

Please mail copies of receipts with your name on them to:

Student Support Foundation
c/o Nina Domina
Plymouth State University
Samuel Read Hall, MSC #68
17 High Street
Plymouth, NH 03264-1519

To save postage, use the Campus Mail slot on the first floor of the HUB, to the right of the Campus Mail window.

Having difficulty finding money for books? The student board of the Student Support Foundation offers these suggestions.

  • Check to see if any of the books you need are in the library. If the book is an older edition, check with the professor to see that it is still acceptable.
  • Borrow books from friends who have taken the courses recently.
  • Share a book with a classmate.
  • Talk to your professors about your dilemma. You might be able to borrow an extra copy or an acceptable, older edition from him/her.

If these are no longer options, consider applying for a Textbook Grant from the Student Support Foundation. Follow these simple steps to apply:

  • Locate used copies of the books. Check with the professor to make sure the edition is acceptable.
  • Research the cost of books from these sources:
  • Complete the Textbook Grant form provided here by the Student Support Foundation.
Notes about online sites:
  • Get your book list from the web site for the PSU bookstore.
  • Include shipping and handling costs when figuring the cost of books.
  • Allow a few weeks to receive the books.
  • The Student Support Foundation does not endorse any of the online booksellers listed. They are provided simply as suggestions.