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.

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. Students can apply for a loss of income from their own jobs if it threatens access to food, shelter, and other basic necessities. Students can also apply for critical COVID-19 related expenses such as classroom required technology.

Students enrolled in undergraduate, graduate and non-degree diploma programs are eligible. For the summer, students must be enrolled for summer or fall or be applying for spring semester expenses.

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. During COVID-19 the fund can support a loss of income that impacts critical needs and essential COVID-19 related expenses.

The fund cannot support any expenses where a payment plan or deferred payment is possible.  Other expenses not covered include:

  • Tuition, lab fees, health insurance, study abroad costs, application/test fees
  • Expenditures occurred due to lost wages due to short-term, non-critical illness or accrued as a result of poor financial management
  • Nonessential travel or travel relating to the packing up of personal belongings.

The maximum award is currently $750.

Traditionally, all financial aid options including student loans must be exhausted before receiving emergency funds. However, during COVID-19 exceptions are being made where possible.

An online application is available here 

Students will receive an immediate confirmation email acknowledging that your application was received. Applications are reviewed and processed within 3 to 5 working days. Students will be notified by email.

For students with a US bank account and US address, funds will be sent electronically. Other students will receive a check by mail.

All students applying to the fund will also receive referrals to related campus resources including the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, the Office of Campus Life, Counseling Services, and others.

While employees are not able to apply for the Frog Family Crisis Fund, they can apply for emergency assistance from the TCU Employee Emergency Grant program. More details are available here

In these unprecedented times, there has been a significant increase in students’ needs, and Horned Frogs have stepped up to help their fellow Frogs. We are thankful for the support already received from the TCU community. For those in our community interested in assisting students by contributing to the fund, please visit and indicate “Frog Family Crisis Fund”. 

Questions about the fund can be directed to or you can call 817–257–7830 during university hours. The fund is managed by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life with committee membership comprised of individuals from the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, Office of Campus Life, Housing and Residential Services, and faculty members.