Economic Crisis Response Team Grant

Economic Crisis Response Team (ECRT) Grant is an emergency grant for students who have experienced a crisis that has impacted their ability to sustain their basic needs. The Economic Crisis Response Team is a collaboration led by the Basic Needs Department with representatives from Financial Aid, serving both undergraduate and graduate students.

When should I apply for ECRT? 

When you have utilized all available resources to you and remain in a financial crisis related to:

  • Rent
  • Utilities (gas, electricity, & water)
  • WiFi bill
  • Phone bill

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

How to Request Services from ECRT

  • Carefully review eligibility for ECRT Grant.
  • Summer ECRT Applications open July 8- September 8 at 11:59 PM
  • Submit Application Here
Please Note:
  • You will be notified within 30 days about the status of your application after submitting. 
  • For any questions regarding your Financial Aid Award, visit Financial Aid.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • 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).
  • Students can only receive an ECRT grant once in an academic year (Summer 2024-Spring 2025)

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.

*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.