UPDATE – Emergency Funding for Costs Related to COVID-19 and Virtual Instruction

The Office for Student Success is aware that students across the University may be facing unexpected financial burdens as a result of the recent announcements shared by the Administration regarding our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. In collaboration with other offices across the University, we are working to develop a streamlined resource that can connect students with financial support. At this point, we are asking that any student who has faced or will face financial strain because of this transition to online instruction, submits a request through the COVID-19 Emergency Fund Request Form. We will not be utilizing other Student Success Fund request forms for the remainder of the semester.

Now in its third year of operation, the Student Success Fund has supported over 150 Washington University undergraduate students, who faced unexpected financial challenges throughout their time on campus. The Office for Student Success continues to streamline the application process and create an intentional and user-friendly experience as the Student Success Fund expands in scope and function with each semester.

Currently, the Student Success Fund (SSF) is a donor-furnished fund accessible to full-time, undergraduate students in all four schools meant to alleviate financial strains and barriers that exist for students from low-income backgrounds. It is designed to meet specific needs directly or indirectly related to a student’s successful progression to and through Washington University. We support emergent and essential purchases, which may include but are not limited to:

    • Living expenses
    • Academic expenses
    • Medical expenses
    • Purchases related to post-graduation experiences
    • Computer and/or technology purchases
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Emergency travel
    • Study abroad experiences

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 circumstances (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.

The Student Success Fund remains active throughout the academic semesters and is put on pause during Winter and Summer breaks. The final day to submit a Fall 2019 request will be Wednesday, December 11 and the final day to submit a Spring 2020 request will be Wednesday, April 29. If students have emergency costs that arise during that period, they should communicate directly with the Operations Coordinator.

Should students have specific questions about their request or situation, they can either reach out directly to the Operations Coordinator within the Office for Student Success, who can be reached via email at studentsuccess@wustl.edu or in person at Weekly Drop-In Hours, which for the Spring semester are held on Mondays from 1-3:00pm and Fridays from 11:00-1:00pm.