Student Emergency Aid Fund

Please join us in making a difference in the lives of Ball State Cardinals by donating to the Jack Beyerl Emergency Aid fund. 

The Jack Beyerl Emergency Aid Fund provides financial assistance to Ball State students who experience accidents, illnesses, financial hardships, or other personal emergencies that negatively affect their ability to remain enrolled. Since 2013, $131,384 in Emergency Aid has been used to assist 290 students with books, rent, utilities, medical bills, child care costs and so much more. The Jack Beyerl Emergency Aid Fund is administered and coordinated by the Office of Retention and Graduate. Traditionally faculty members and student-facing staff members, including academic advisors, counselors, and residence hall directors refer students to the Emergency Aid Fund.


Given the recent escalation of the COVID-19 virus around the country, and in our local community in Muncie, Indiana and the response from federal, state, and local government entities all in efforts to limit the virus’s spread – many of our students have been directly impacted. Students have lost jobs due to businesses closing or because they opted to return home to be with family during this national crisis. Without paychecks, they worry they won’t be able to pay the rent, utilities, or the grocery bill.



We are seeing more and more students request assistance from the Jack Beyerl Emergency Aid Fund. This fund has historically functioned as a short-term loan program. In light of the COVID-19 global crisis, Ball State will award all the funds raised during One Ball State Day in support of COVID-19 as grants. Additionally, no more than $250.00 per student will be approved in an effort to maximize the number of students who are financially supported by the fund. As the university works to assist as many students as possible, we ask you to consider making a gift to help us respond to this increased demand. Your support will provide immediate and direct assistance to help us continue to support, advocate, and champion our students.



The fund is named in honor of Merril “Jack” Beyerl who enjoyed a distinguished career of 35 years (1953-88) at Ball State where he served in numerous roles. He began his tenure as a faculty in Counseling Psychology and then became Director of the Counseling Center. In 1964, he became Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students. A role he maintained until his retirement in 1988.


See what people are sharing about One Ball State Day 2021!
6,323 Gifts Unlocks $3,000 for the Multicultural Center
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts, $3,000 will be unlocked for the new Multicultural Center!
6,323 / 6,323 Gifts
Unlock $3,000 for Student Emergency Aid
Upon receiving 6,323 gifts (beating last year's total number of gifts), $3,000 will be unlocked for Student Emergency Aid!
6,323 / 6,323 Gifts
New Challenge - 2 Areas Will Win $1,000
From 7-8pm, two of the non-academic/non-athletic areas with the most donors will each receive $1,000.
Rank Prize Areas Donors
1 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 16
2 $1,000 Spectrum 12
3 Dance Marathon 7
4 Fraternity and Sorority Life 6
5 Multicultural Center 6
5 Hours, 5 Areas, $1,000 Each
The 5 areas that raise the most money from 7pm-Midnight will each receive $1,000!
Rank Prize Department Raised
1 $1,000 Athletics $30,956.02
2 $1,000 Theatre & Dance $17,061.74
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy $9,981.41
4 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning $4,541.68
5 $1,000 Center for Information & Communication Sciences $4,046.26
Noon Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by noon receives $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Department, Unit, or Team Donors
1 $5,000 Theatre & Dance 377
2 Athletics 329
3 The Ball State Fund 161
4 Student Scholarships 109
5 College of Architecture & Planning 102
Most Donors Challenge
The department/unit/team that has the most donors by midnight will receive $5,000 in challenge funds.
Rank Prize Areas Donors
1 $5,000 College of Fine Arts 1,292
2 Theatre & Dance 1,023
3 Athletics 888
4 Teachers College 726
5 College of Communication, Information, and Media 708
Top 5 Donor Challenge
The five units with the most donors by midnight will each receive $1,000
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 1,023
2 $1,000 Athletics 888
3 $1,000 Indiana Academy 261
4 $1,000 School of Music 191
5 $1,000 College of Architecture & Planning 187
Student Gifts Match
Vice President, Ro-Anne Engle will match gifts from students who give to Student Affairs funds up to $500!
Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever! The five areas with the most donors between 8pm-11pm will each receive $1,000 for their area!
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 323
2 $1,000 Athletics 169
3 $1,000 Miller Business Honors Program 81
4 $1,000 Indiana Academy 62
5 $1,000 Spectrum 61
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