Student Success Fund

Now entering its second year, the Student Success Fund has supported over fifty Washington University undergraduate students, who faced unexpected financial challenges throughout the past year. We are continuing to work on streamlining the application process and creating a intentional and user-friendly experience as the academic year gets underway.

The Student Success Fund (SSF) is a donor-furnished fund designed to alleviate financial strains and pressures placed on 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 college.

These areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Support for emergency travel due to the death or illness of an immediate family member
  • Medical expenses not covered by insurance
  • Travel stipends to support student participation in global education programs (short-term immersive or semester long)
  • Stipends to support living expenses during an unpaid internship
  • Travel stipends to participate in career-related, professional development opportunities
  • Fees for graduate and professional school standardized testing
  • Graduate and professional school or career interview and travel preparation, including appropriate attire
  • Academic fees not covered by financial aid

The SSF allocation process is administered via a review committee and coordinated by Lucy Chin, Coordinator for Student Success.

Lucy serves as the main point of contact for students with questions about the fund or the allocation process. If you have specific questions or would like meet with Lucy, please set up a meeting or visit her in the Office for Student Success Suite during her Drop-In Hours, held every Wednesday from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.