CNS Undergraduate Student Emergency Fund

The CNS Undergraduate Student Success Emergency Fund is a donor funded resource for students who have demonstrated high need and who are facing an emergency situation where they need financial assistance to support their education or access to their education. Students can apply for up to $500.00 a year.

In our first pilot semester we have disbursed funds to support the purchase of:

  • Textbooks
  • Access codes for online course components
  • Emergency car repair
  • Technology repair
  • Emergency food assistance

In addition, students are connected with resources available to all students across the university.

Your contribution will specifically help students in CNS who are struggling with some of the basic needs of being a student. 

Access to course materials increases chances of success in the classroom, that increases rates of successful course completion, increases rates of graduation, and increases the attainment of dreams!

Help a CNS student today! The first $1,000 we raise will be matched by a generous donor!


Will I receive a receipt for my contribution?

Yes! UMass Amherst will send you a receipt shortly after you make your gift.

Will my contribution be tax-deductible?

Yes! All philanthropic contributions to UMass Amherst are tax-deductible.

Can I make my gift via PayPal or another e-wallet option?

Yes! At this time we are still working to add this functionality to all of our giving pages, but you can support any area of campus via PayPal (and soon to be Venmo and other e-wallets) on our main giving form at

Who should I contact with questions about my contribution?

Contact the Office of Annual Giving at 866-450-UMASS or email

When will my credit card be charged?

Your credit card will be charged immediately.

Can I support multiple areas of campus with one gift?

Yes, to make one gift that supports multiple areas of campus, please select the "Other" option in the Fund Designation list and then provide the full breakdown of where you would like your gift to go in the Special Gift Instructions or Comments box on the donation page. If there is no "other" option in the Fund Designation list, you can still write in your gift breakdown in the comment box and we will be sure your gift is distributed to the areas of campus that you request.