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The Next Step Program

Emergency Assistance

MTSU Student Food Pantry

MTSU’s Student Food Pantry is available to any actively enrolled MTSU student with a valid student ID. Students must come to the MT One Stop counter in the Student Services and Admissions Center to access the food pantry. Students are allowed to visit the food pantry once a week. The food pantry is stocked based on student and community donations. The pantry holds non-perishable, canned, boxed and dried food options as well as personal and feminine hygiene products for students. The pantry is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am – 4:30pm, and additional information can be found on the website

SGA Emergency Loan Program

The SGA Emergency Loan Program may provide small loans of $100 to both graduate and undergraduate students with an emergency need. The loans are short-term and must be repaid in 30 to 90 days. Students do NOT need to have filed a FAFSA form to be eligible for an SGA loan. However, the student will not be eligible for an SGA loan if they currently owe an MTSU balance. Student must be enrolled in six (6) credit hours during fall/spring semesters and/or enrolled in three (3) credit hours during the summer. Students may only receive one SGA loan per semester. International students are excluded from receiving an SGA Loan. Students seeking help should be referred to the MT One Stop. Funds are limited.

Emergency Short-Term Foundation Loans

The Emergency Short-Term Foundation Loan provides loans of up to $500 to undergraduate, graduate and international students. Students do NOT need to have filed a FAFSA form to be eligible for an Emergency Short-Term Foundation Loan. Applicants must provide a paycheck stub or show proof of ability to repay the loan. Graduate assistants and student workers may receive the loan against their monthly stipend or amount of their regular paycheck. Students may only receive one Emergency Short-Term Foundation Loan per semester. Students seeking help should be referred to the MT One Stop. Funds are limited.

MTSU Emergency Financial Assistance

Through the support of our community, MTSU has a dedicated pool of funds available to help students with emergency needs that may impact their ability to continue their education. These grants are designed to provide funding to help address verified need associated with a student’s education; as such they may be used to help provide funds for housing, food, transportation, books, etc. 

These funds are awarded as grants and do not have to be repaid. Grants are available up to an amount of $350 and are available to undergraduate, graduate and international students. Students may be awarded the grant only once in a semester unless otherwise stated based on funding source. 

To be eligible, students must be in academic good standing, with a minimum of a 2.0 overall cumulative GPA at the time of the request. Student must be classified as degree seeking and be enrolled in at least six (6) credit hours. Students must also demonstrate satisfactory academic progress as determined by the MTSU Financial Aid office. Students currently on financial aid warning, probation or suspension are not eligible. Students receiving other forms of financial aid may not receive the grant if it will cause them to exceed their allowable Total Cost of Attendance calculation. A thank you note to the funding donor will also be required upon approval of grant. 

Students seeking support should visit or contact  MTOne Stop for an application and to verify student eligibility and begin the disbursement process. MT One Stop is located on the 2nd floor of the Student Service and Admissions Center (SSAC) or you can contact by email at [email protected]

Want to donate?

To donate to any of our emergency assistance funds, go to and select the fund you choose!