LIFE AT WSU

  • The Student Emergency Fund

    The Student Emergency Fund assists Worcester State University students by providing limited emergency financial support when they need assistance with unexpected, unforeseen and unavoidable emergency circumstances that jeopardize their ability to successfully continue in school.

    This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid. Award amounts typically range from $100 to $500. Decisions regarding amount and disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis. Awards are not considered loans and do not require repayment. Some funds may be considered income and are therefore subject to federal taxes.

    Possible Expenses Covered by the Emergency Fund

    Examples of expenses considered for funding include but are not limited to:

    • Significant uncovered medical expenses
    • Assistance with rent or utilities due to an emergency situation
    • Books or other school related expenses
    • Safety related needs, i.e., changing a lock on vehicle or home
    • Loss of housing due to natural disaster, fire, etc.

    Expenses Not Covered

    Examples include but are not limited to:

    • Tuition, fees, health insurance, study abroad costs
    • Non-essential utilities, (ie., cable), household or furniture costs not related to damage or theft
    • Parking tickets
    • Non-emergency travel or non-essential expenses

    Eligibility Requirements

    To be eligible for consideration, a student must:

    • Have a financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident or other unplanned event
    • Be currently enrolled as a full time student at Worcester State University
    • Be enrolled in at least 12 credits in the semester when the funds would be used.
    • Be a student in good standing at WSU, with a GPA of 2.0 or higher, with the exception of first semester students, who will be eligible to apply regardless of GPA.
    • Be able to demonstrate a financial need with supporting documentation (when requested).
    • Establish that other possible resources have been considered and are either unavailable or sufficient.
    • In rare circumstances, the aforementioned eligibility guidelines can be waived upon the recommendation of the Dean of Students or their designee.

    Apply for the Emergency Fund