Financial Challenges Support

If a student experiences an unexpected financial emergency, emergency funding may be available. An unexpected financial emergency is considered one that, if not resolved quickly, could lead to a student's temporary or permanent departure from the college.

If a student qualifies for emergency funding, the funding will be paid directly to the party owed; therefore, certain documentation must be provided (see list of eligible expenses below). Funds will never be disbursed in cash to a student. Students who have previously received emergency funding may be required to speak with financial aid before being eligible for additional funding. 

General Eligibility Criteria

  • Must submit a FAFSA (exceptions made for those who are not eligible to apply)
  • Must be attending degree credit classes regularly for the current semester
  • Must not be on Academic or Financial Aid suspension
  • Must provide supporting documentation showing financial need (exceptions may apply for food and gas cards)
  • Must have Unmet Financial Need


After you complete the Financial Challenges Form below, results are sent to the Emergency Funding Processor for review. You will be notified via your student email within 48 hours about next steps. These may include meeting with a Madison College counselor to discuss the situation and connect with community resources.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Utilities (submit billing statement)
  • Housing/Rent (submit rental agreement)
  • Food/Meals
  • Medical/Dental (submit billing statement)
  • Personal automobile repair (submit bill or invoice)
  • Public transportation/bus pass
  • Child care (submit billing statement)
  • Gas

Ineligible Expenses:

  • Tuition
  • Fees
  • Books
  • Legal fees
  • Tobacco
  • Alcohol
  • Entertainment
  • New automobile

Additional COVID-19 Emergency Assistance

Madison College understands that many of our students are experiencing financial challenges due to COVID-19.  The College has assistance available to students who encounter emergencies for unexpected expenses related to job loss, temporary layoff, coronavirus medical expenses, utilities, housing/rent, or food insecurity. All assistance is paid on the student’s behalf to a third party.

Funding is available to financial aid and non-financial aid students.

The maximum available award is $500.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a degree-seeking program student
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (six semester credits) and
  • Be in good academic standing with the College
  • Do not have a past due balance (recent past due balances will be considered with an explanation how COVID-19 affected their ability to pay tuition or living expenses.)
  • Provide supporting documentation or proof of an emergency.

To apply, students should complete the form below.  A Financial Aid team member will review and process your request within three days.

Support Services are always available to you. You can connect with a Counselor to discuss your situation, create a financial plan or learn about community resources. Call (608) 246.6076 to schedule an appointment.

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Explain why you are seeking emergency funding at this time and indicate whether your situation is preventing you from successfully continuing in your classes.
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