Before you drain your emergency fund, consider using the equity you've built in your home as a line of credit. Draw funds as you need them, and reuse without having to reapply. And you only need to pay interest on what you use.
A home equity line of credit can be used to finance a number of expenses, from home improvement to debt consolidation to higher education. Talk to a First Citizens banker for more details.
*Consult your tax advisor.