Frog Family Crisis Fund

Thanks to the ongoing generosity of donors, since 2007 the Frog Family Crisis Fund has provided financial assistance to students affected by catastrophic or emergency situations.  These have included circumstances which are sudden, unexpected, and affect a student’s ability to thrive academically and beyond.  Examples include, but are not limited to: accident, natural disaster, major illness, theft, unavoidable student loss of income, emergency travel, fire damage, and/or need for temporary housing.

COVID-19 Update – We understand that we are now in an unprecedented time and that students across our TCU family may be at risk in new ways. This includes threats to critical resources such as safe housing, food and other basic necessities that help them thrive not only in classes, but in life.  We appreciate your understanding and ask that if you have questions, please contact us at studentsuccess@tcu.edu.

If you are a current student and would like apply for the TCU Frog Family Crisis Fund, please click here. Please carefully read the guidelines below before applying. You can also read our Frog Family Crisis FAQs.

Also, for those in our community interested in assisting students by contributing to the fund, please visit makeagift.tcu.edu and indicate “Frog Family Crisis Fund”.  Thank you.

For information regarding local food pantries, please visit the Tarrant Area Food Bank website.

  • Federal Work Study – Since students with federal work study and some graduate assistantships will continued to receive payments, loss of income for those positions do not qualify.
  • Loss of Income – Maximum grant awards for loss of income are two weeks of student pay. Proof of income (paycheck or contract for the self-employed) is required. Only current income loss can be funded, not future or summer.
  • Laptop Needs – Please contact TCU IT for potential loaner laptops. 817-257-4357
  • Travel – Currently, the fund cannot not pay for travel to and from campus or the local area to retrieve belongings related to COVID-19.
  • TCU Accounts – Students applying for funds to cover non-tuition based holds on their accounts can have their case reviewed by Financial Services on a case-by-case basis.  Please email the request to Cori Smith at finserv@tcu.edu before applying.
  • A financial hardship resulting from an emergency or catastrophic event.
  • The maximum amount available per student is $750 per request.
  • Requests for emergency assistance must be limited to a minimum of six months apart.
  • As of 8/1/2021, May 2021 graduates are no longer eligible for emergency funds,
  • All other sources of aid must be exhausted first, including student loans, payment plans, federal & community resources.
  • Applicants must provide sufficient documentation as requested.
  • Student must have completed at FAFSA application for that academic year.
  • Some funds may be counted as income and subject to federal taxes.
  • Students must be enrolled and attending classes full-time, as defined by their academic program.
  • Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student during the current regular long semester (fall or spring)
  • All other summer applicants will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students must complete at least one semester before becoming eligible.
  • A maximum of two grants is allowed per student during all combined enrollments.

Typical expenses that may be covered include, but are not limited to:

  • Sudden, unavoidable loss of income affecting rent, housing, food or other necessary expenses
  • Other emergency or catastrophic situations (natural disaster, theft, medical emergency, etc) impacting rent, housing, food or other necessary expenses
  • Travel costs related to a sudden death or illness in the immediate family
  • Safety related needs (i.e. changing a lock on vehicle or home)
  • Any expenses where a payment plan or deferred payment is possible, including medical expenses
  • Tuition, lab fees, health insurance, study abroad costs, application/test fees, sorority/fraternity fees
  • Costs for entertainment, non-emergency travel, or other non-essential utilities/expenses
  • Expenditures occurred due to lost wages due to short-term, non-critical illness
  • Expenditures occurred as a result of poor financial management
  • Replacement of non-essential computers or technology

Fill out the online application below in full.  Incomplete applications can not be reviewed.  If necessary, applicants will be contacted for further information.  The committee will communicate within five working days from the submission date of all materials, and students will be notified of the decisions by email. In some cases, funds will be applied directly to the approved bills.  Please note that due to the unprecedented amount of applications, it can take from one to two weeks to receive a grant.

With oversight from the office of Student Success, the committee will consist of at least six members including representation from the Dean of Students office, Scholarships and Financial Aid, and TCU faculty.