Washington University in St. Louis is committed to providing support to members of our community who are facing unexpected financial burdens as a result of our transition to virtual instruction and shifting regulations relating to life on campus. To that end, the Office for Student Success, in collaboration with University management and Student Financial Services, is coordinating efforts to provide emergency funding in order to offset such unexpected costs. The Covid-19 Emergency Fund will be available to support students who incur costs between Monday, March 16 and Friday, May 15, 2020. After that point, we will reassess the funding needs that students have articulated and may transition back to our usual funding operations made available through the Student Success Fund.

Any student regardless of  academic affiliation or location from which they are finishing the semester may submit a request. We will consider every request on a case-by-case basis and work to provide as much support as we are able through institutional funds coordinated by the Office for Student Success and University management. Students may submit requests that relate to the unexpected transition or to cost of living expenses that have arisen as a result of WashU’s shift to an online instructional platform. Students are also able to submit requests that encompass reimbursements for costs incurred as a result of the unexpected changes to individuals’ living and work situations. Each request, even those from repeat applicants, will be considered individually as we understand that this situation is ever-evolving.

While this fund is in operation, we will not utilize the traditional Student Success Fund channels to provide funding for students. Any and all requests should be submitted through this grant request form.

Given the volume of requests that we expect to receive, it may take up to two weeks to process your request. Please indicate if your request is time sensitive, both within your request and via a direct email to the SSF Coordinator. If you have questions about the fund or would like to check in about the status of your application, please be in touch with the SSF Coordinator, Lucy Chin, via email at lucy.w.chin@wustl.edu. For the remainder of the semester, there will not be in-person office hours; however, phone calls of Zoom communication may be coordinated with students as needed.

As a University community, we hope that this fund can provide the resources necessary for students to complete your semester in a comfortable and meaningful way.

For additional information on the University’s response to COVID-19, including information on student housing and online instruction, please see updates on WashU’s Emergency Management webpage.