Now entering its fourth year of operation, the Student Success Fund provides consideration for financial assistance to address emergency and educational enrichment expenses. Emergency expenses include circumstances surrounding situations such as accidents, illness or death of a family member, medical copays, etc. Educational enrichment expenses include graduate/professional school admissions tests, travel assistance for graduate/professional school or employment interview, etc. Currently, these funds are accessible to full-time, undergraduate students in any academic degree program.

The Student Success Fund is designed to meet needs that are directly and indirectly related to a student’s successful and robust progression to and through Washington University. It should be noted, however, that the Student Success Fund is not intended to be used for routine expenses or as a consistent supplement to a student’s educational funding sources. Students should apply to the Student Success Fund when they have exhausted all other resources. The Student Success Fund application will ask for details on how the expenses were unanticipated and why the student is unable to meet the expense. Additionally, if students are requesting that a grant reimburse a purchase made, students may be subject to follow-up questions before a decision about their application is made.

Applications are considered on a rolling basis and usually receive a response within two weeks. However, students whose requests are related to non-time sensitive situations (e.g., funding for upcoming study abroad experiences, supplemental funding to support unpaid internship or travel experiences, etc.) may require follow-up discussions and have extended review processes, pending other funding sources.

For the upcoming academic year, the Student Success Fund application will be made available and the funding period will begin September 14, 2020. The Office for Student Success will stop accepting new applications for the Fall semester on January 8, 2021 and the Spring semester funding period will open January 18, 2021 barring any significant changes to the academic calendar. 

Please note – ALL Applications submitted to the Student Success Fund between September 14 and October 1 will be considered alongside funding made available through the COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund, and may be subject to a slightly longer processing time as a result.

For general inquiries or questions about one’s applications, students should reach out to the Student Success Fund Coordinator, Lucy Chin. For the duration of the Fall semester, Lucy will be working remotely, so you are welcome to connect with her via email or set up a meeting during her virtual Drop-In Hours (Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesday from 3-6pm) using her Calendly.