Economic Crisis Response Team

Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) is a cross-campus collaboration led by the Basic Needs Department with representatives from Financial Aid, Housing, Case Management, and Student Business Services, serving both undergraduate and graduate students.

When to Seek Help from ECRT

If you are experiencing an urgent financial need related to:

  • Rent
  • Utilities (gas, electricity)
  • WiFi
  • Groceries
  • Phone bill

*We do not assist with tuition, car insurance, car payments, credit card bills, medical/dental bills, etc*

How to Request Services from ECRT

  • Carefully review eligibility for ECRT Grant
  • Spring quarter application is now closed. Summer quarter information coming soon!
  • You will be notified within 30 days about the status of your application. 
  • For any questions regarding your Financial Aid Award, visit Financial Aid.

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Eligibility Criteria (Updated Winter 2023)

  • A UCR student enrolled in the current term.
  • Be able to demonstrate an urgent financial need with supporting documentation. *
  • Have a FAFSA or CA Dream Act application on file with financial aid (unless you are an international student).
  • Have unmet need in your financial aid package.
  • Students can only receive an ECRT grant once in an academic year. 

Additional Information 

  • Receiving a grant is not guaranteed.
  • First time applicants will receive priority.
  • It can take up to 30 days from date of application submission to complete review.
  • Not fully answering the application questions and/or providing sufficient documentation will delay review process.
  • Middle Class Scholarship may impact eligibility for ECRT grant

*Supporting Documentation Examples

  • Copy of lease, rental agreement, or mortgage statement (if rent is split between roommates, please indicate your portion of the rent in your application and submit documentation of your payment only).
  • Bank statement or Venmo screenshot showing payment history (to landlord or friend/family for rent, etc.).
  • Eviction notice
  • Copy of bills or past-due notices.
  • Letter or email from landlord about past-due balance.
  • Any document that shows proof of the amount of your rent.


Note: If you are unsure of what documentation to submit, please contact with "ECRT" as the subject before submitting your application.