The Office for Student Success understands that there are costs associated with being a student at Washington University, which are not covered in a standard financial aid package. We recognize that, oftentimes, these costs shift from semester to semester and may fall outside of what is considered part of a student’s traditional “cost of attendance.” Our office, in collaboration with partners across campus, is committed to ensuring that students are neither unnecessarily burdened by these costs nor negatively impacted by unexpected situations that may arise during their time at WashU. To support students who face unexpected financial challenges, in 2017, the Office for Student Success began coordinating various financial resources to promote student success. The funds are need-based sources of support available to full-time undergraduate students that may provide funding across a variety of circumstances.

Should students find themselves in need of financial assistance, there are various grants for which they may be eligible.

Please note that given the closures of campus as a result of COVID-19, the Student Success Fund will not operate this summer. Our team is working on adjusting the funding process and preparing to re-open funds for the Fall 2020 semester. Between May 15 and August 15, we will not accept or review any new applications.
If you find yourself in emergency need of financial support, please reach out to the Office for Student Success directly, so that we can help determine what options for support may exist.

Student Success Fund:

    • Designed to remove financial barriers or strains related to low-income students’ successful progression to and through their university experience.
    • Grants may be used to fund:
        • Living expenses
        • Academic expenses
        • Medical expenses
        • Purchases related to post-graduation preparation or experiences
        • Computer and/or technology purchases
        • Costs associated with professional development opportunities
        • Emergency travel
        • Study abroad experiences

Student Union Mental Health Fund:

    • Designed to support low-income students who otherwise may be unable to afford mental health care services, including but not limited to:
        • Co-payments for therapy, counseling, or psychiatry appointments (on-going or emergency)
        • Transportation to and from mental health care appointments
        • Testing associated with mental health care treatment or diagnosis
        • Medication or related material purchases

Student Union Opportunity Fund:

    • Designed to facilitate equitable access to the various Student Union affiliated events that are organized across campus by helping to off-set the cost of participation in any SU student group activity, event, or program.

Civic Engagement Opportunity Fund:

    • Designed to provide funding for students from under-resources socio-economic backgrounds who require financial assistance in order to secure transportation or purchase resources related to projects pertaining to community and civic engagement.

Varsity Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund:

    • Jointly administered by the WashU Department of Athletics and the Office for Student Success in order to help qualifying student-athletes access the full student-athlete experience by removing financial barriers as allowed by the NCAA, including:
        • Competition or practice apparel or shoes
        • Equipment needed for competition or practice
        • Travel expenses for practice or competition
        • Medical/vision/dental expenses incidental to participation

Application instructions and specific timelines for each grant can be found on the individual program pages. In general, keep in mind, that these funds are not built to support reimbursements except in very unique circumstances. Exceptions may be made; however, requests for reimbursements may be subject to a more extended processing time.

Please make sure to review the requirements for each grant type carefully and submit an application to whichever grant seems to best fit your financial needs. Should you complete an application for one fund, it will automatically be considered for each grant and adjusted accordingly. There is no need to submit more than one form through multiple request channels.

Should students have any questions about funding opportunities or have an emergency situation that requires immediate assistance, please reach out directly to Lucy Chin, Operations Coordinator in the Office for Student Success at You may also reach out to the general Office for Student Success email at