LIFE AT WSU

  • ⚠ Coronavirus Response

    Student Emergency Fund

    We understand that the COVID-19 crisis has significant financial impacts. If you are experiencing a financial emergency, you can request assistance through the Student Emergency Fund.

    CARES Act Funds

    The Student Emergency Fund is a different resource than the one-time funds made available to the university through the CARES Act. The CARES Act funds are comprised of a Direct Payment to eligible students as well as Supplemental Funds available to eligible students with additional critical financial needs as a result of the disruption.

  • 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.

    Apply for the Emergency Fund Contribute to the Emergency Fund

    This funding is not intended to reimburse for expenses that have already been paid, or to replace or supplement existing financial aid. 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, 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 matriculated student at Worcester State University
    • Be enrolled in classes in the semester when the funds would be used.
    • Be a student in good academic standing at Worcester State University.
    • 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.