Millikin University traditionally provides funding to students experiencing unanticipated expenses due to emergency situations. This financial assistance is stewarded by the Office of Student Affairs and is intended as a funding bridge for Millikin students to cover education-related expenses. Our normal procedure for student requests has been accelerated, modified and enhanced in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

Emergency Support Funds are drawn from both Millikin University and CARES Act funding and are cash grants, not loans.


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act includes a Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) that provides more than $14 billion in emergency funding for higher education. Of those funds, more than $6 billion must go directly to students in the form of emergency financial aid grants for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the COVID-19 crisis. Millikin University received an allocation of HEERF Emergency Funds for Students and signed the Department of Education Certification and Agreement accepting these funds on April 16, 2020. Each institution of higher education is required to develop it's own system and process for allocating their share of funds. 

Funds are awarded to current Millikin students to assist with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. Students must be eligible for Title IV funding in order to receive CARES Act funds. Students receiving Emergency Support Funds will receive funds ranging from $200 (minimum) to $1,000 (maximum). Students with need beyond the $1,000 maximum will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications will be reviewed beginning May 1 and will continue to be reviewed daily until further notice. Emergency Support Fund determinations will be made in the most efficient way possible to allow for timely fund disbursements.

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Budget and Expenditure reporting information for CARES Act HEERF Funds at Millikin University:

CARES Act Emergency Funds to Students:

  • Millikin University's allocation for Emergency Grants to Students is $1,149,522.

  • Millikin University was notified on May 3, 2020 that the funds were available for use.

  • Millikin students can self-identify their emergent need and request these funds by completing the application for Millikin Student Emergency Support Funds. Grants are available in amounts from $200 to $1000 per student. 

  • Disbursement of Emergency Grants to Millikin students began on May 11, 2020.

  • As of October 30, 2020, Millikin University has awarded 933 students Emergency Grants in an amount totaling $937,865.

  • Emergency Grants will continue to be awarded on a weekly basis until depleted. 

  • HEERF Emergency Grants are available to students who are eligible to participate in financial aid programs under Title IV of the Higher Education Act. At Millikin University approximately 1696 students meet this criteria and are eligible to receive assistance under the CARES Act.

  • HEERF Emergency Grants are disbursed directly to students and are to be used to cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus such as: food, housing, course materials, technology, child care and health care.

CARES Act HEERF Institutional Fund Distribution Information

Millikin University HEERF Report

Student Development Grants and Loans

The Office of Student Development offers several loans and grants to assist students in emergency situation or for unplanned expenses.  These loans and grants are meant to remove barriers for success at Millikin and to assist students in their primary pursuit of achieving academic persistence and success (and, ultimately, graduation!) at Millikin.  The following grants and loans are available for application:

Name of Loan/Grant Loan or Grant? Description/Eligibility Form for Download
Porter Emergency Loan Fund Short-Term Loan

The Porter Emergency Loan Fund was established to minimize the impact of unexpected financial challenges for our students.

  • Undergraduate full-time degree-seeking students
  • Good standing (cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, no disciplinary or financial encumberances)
  • Students may be awarded between $100 and $1000 in total assistance per academic year
  • Repayment usually must be made by the end of the academic year for which it is given (last day of finals in May)
  • The amount of the loan will be added to student account
  • This loan cannot be used toward a student account balance
Porter Emergency Loan Fund Application
Glenn Emergency Fund Short-Term Loan or Grant
  • Used for general purposes for students who experience financial hardship
  • The availability of a loan or grant funds is at the discretion of the Dean of Student Development
  • Receipts for expenses may be required for proof of money spent
  • This loan or grant cannot be used toward a student account balance
Glenn Emergency Fund Application
Linda Slagell Student Success Fund Grant
  • Full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students
  • Good standing (2.0 cumulative GPA, etc.)
  • Satisfactory degree progress
  • Stated reason for grant necessary from student applicant
Slagell Student Success Fund Application
Joseph and Carole Killpatrick Fund Short-Term Loan or Grant
  • Full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students
  • Good standing (2.0 cumulative GPA, etc.)
  • This loan or grant cannot be used toward a student account balance
  • The availability of loan or grant funds is at the discretion of the Dean of Student Development
  • Loan funding will be added to student account
Killpatrick Fund Application
Aspire to Achieve Fund Grant
  • Full-time, degree-seeking, continuous undergraduate student with a minimum of 36 credit hours achieved toward a FIRST undergraduate degree
  • Good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA both cumulatively AND last-term GPA
  • Satisfactory academic progress (completion rate of at least 67%)
  • Must have exhausted all other loan eligibility (including denial for parent plus loan)
  • Must participate in monthly financial coaching sessions and attend financial literacy programming for the academic year in which the funds are disbursed
  • Must secure employment on campus for at least 10 hours per week during the academic year in which the funds are dispersed
  • Maximum of $3,000 per awardee per semester ($6,000 per academic year)
  • Not automatically renewable; must reapply each term for which they are requesting assistance
  • Must be used specifically for Millikin tuition, fees and on-campus room/board
Aspire to Achieve

Please call or stop by our office (354 University Commons/217.424.6395)  to request an appointment for a staff member to review your application with you.  Please bring a completed copy of the application with you for your appointment.