Overview of Funding

The Student Success Funds at Washington University in St. Louis offers students access to additional funding to support opportunities and emergency needs as they arise.

The Student Success Fund is comprised of several funds, some of which were created by private donors. Each fund has restrictions on what we can cover and limits on how much money we can offer per request.

We cannot pay Tuition at Washington University or other institutions, Rent, Parking or any Reoccurring bills like utilities or cell phone, or expenses that are not necessary for student success such as Airpods and iPads. All requests should be single payment request with the exception of mental health expenses. 

Update on textbook requests: All past and future textbook request must go through Student Financial Services first.  This request is covered under your Financial Aid. They will determine your need level, if you have received a refund to be used for textbooks, and/or adjust your award to cover textbooks.  They will let us know if you are eligible for Student Success Fund dollars.  Please email your SFS counselor.  Thank you for your patience as we begin to streamline this process.

Email the Taylor Family Center for Student Success with funds questions.

Brown Family FundAllowed-support for parents with financial need who wish to travel to Washington University events or programs involving their student/child
Sherman RohrbachAllowed-travel stipends, medical expenses not covered by insurance, fees for graduate and professional school admissions tests and other expenses for experiential learning opportunities and emergency needs of undergraduate students with financial need
Emily and John ChenAllowed-expenses related to the support for undergraduate students who have emergency needs and/or students who are pursuing educational experiences in China
Student Union Opportunity FundAllowed-support co-curricular expenses for students with financial need
Mental Health FundAllowed – expenses to support student mental health
Stephanie Brooks Dain and John DainAllowed – expenses in support of student emergencies and educational enrichment
Varsity Athletic FundAllowed- qualifying student-athletes access the full student-athlete experience by removing financial barriers as allowed by the NCAA
Black Alumni Emergency FundAllowed- expenses for school supplies, books, application and graduate fees, emergency travel, and as a resource to support other such academic needs