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Student Support Resources

Benny’s Pantry

Benny’s Pantry is a food pantry on ISU’s campus available for ISU faculty, staff and students. We believe that by alleviating food insecurity where it may exist, we empower our student community to focus on learning and discovery, thereby removing a significant barrier to persistence.

Bengal Meal Share

The Bengal Meal Share program is an initiative that supports students who are experiencing food insecurity. Through this program, students are allowed to donate up to 10 meals per academic year from their meal plan, to students in need. This helps ensure that their fellow Bengal classmates have access to nutritious meals each day so they can stay focused on their studies and success. 

Dean of Students Emergency Fund

This fund was created to assist and support ISU students who encounter an unforeseen financial emergency which would otherwise prevent them from continuing their education at ISU.

These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses or for tuition and fees. Instead, these funds are for those students who experience an event or unforeseen circumstance that negatively and severely impacts their academic success.

Funds may only be awarded once during a student's academic career at ISU. Funds are awarded and distributed by the Office of the Dean of Students and do not exceed $350.

To apply for Student Emergency Funds please click on the link below and follow the instructions. Contact Dean of Students Office at (208) 282-2794 or visit our office located in the Student Union, Hypostyle, room 204, if you have any questions or need help with the application.

Please be aware of the eligibility requirements listed below:


  • Priority given to students whose tenure at Idaho State University may be at risk due to unexpected expenses.
  • Idaho State University undergraduate or graduate students enrolled full-time (defined as 12 or more undergraduate credits or 9 or more graduate credits per semester) in any degree granting program.
  • Student recipients must be enrolled for the semester in which funds are being requested.
  • Student recipients shall have a current minimum grade point average of 2.0 

Idaho State University Special Aid Scholarship

Special Aid Scholarships Are Available For Only One Semester per Academic Year.

The ISU Special Aid Scholarship provides assistance for qualified ISU students who, due to legitimate emergency situations, are in danger of withdrawing from the University. Special Aid Scholarships are to help address short-term financial crises.  Poor financial choices do not constitute an emergency (e.g. credit card debt, poor use of financial aid funding, loans to friends or family, etc.). This scholarship is not intended to supplement a student’s financial aid package and we cannot award funds beyond what a student’s aid package allows. Special Aid Scholarships will not be considered in the Summer Semester.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be an undergraduate (seeking first degree) currently enrolled at Idaho State University.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (possess a green card).
    • International Students may be considered upon recommendation from VP for Student Affairs/Director of Student Life and will be reviewed by the International Programs Office and Scholarship Office.
  • Must have applied for Financial Aid and exhausted all loan, grants and scholarship funds available for that particular semester.
  • Must be in good academic standing at ISU and meeting all Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements. If you have concerns about the details of your financial aid package, please contact the Financial Aid Office directly : Financial Aid/Scholarships
  • Scholarships may cover educational expenses (tuition, fees, room and board, books, etc.) and non-educational related expenses (food, utility bills, prescriptions, emergency travel, health insurance, medical bills, etc.) for the fall or spring semester the student has experienced an unexpected emergency.
  • Eligible students must submit an ISU Special Aid Scholarship application. This application will be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management/Dean of Students and applicants will be required to meet with the appropriate student affairs staff member before a recommendation will be made to the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office.