Student Emergency Support Fund Application

Students who are experiencing an unanticipated and/or temporary hardship resulting from an emergency and/or crisis situation related to COVID-19 may apply for an emergency financial assistance grant from the Student Emergency Support Fund. Grants are funded through the generosity of many of William Paterson University’s donors, including alumni, friends, faculty, staff, and community members. The amount of each emergency financial assistance grant awarded will vary based on circumstance and need, with the maximum award not to exceed $500. The number of students who will receive grants is subject to the availability of funds. Approved grants do not need to be repaid. Students may not receive more than one Student Emergency Support Fund grant per academic year. When requested, receipts and/or documentation must be provided within 2 business days.

Available funding is limited. We hope to assist as many students as possible; however, we cannot guarantee all funding requests will be fulfilled.

Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be enrolled as a full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student.
  • Have a demonstrated emergency financial need.
Examples of Expenses Considered:
  • Assistance with rent, alternate housing accommodations, and/or utilities.
  • Assistance with groceries/food and/or other essential household expenses.
  • Medication(s) and/or other costs related to medical care.
  • Books, computers, and/or other essential academic expenses.
  • Any other expense that reflects an emergency need for a student, as deemed to be appropriate by the Student Emergency Support Fund Committee, and in keeping with William Paterson University Foundation and William Paterson University policies and procedures.
Application Process:

Students who are in need of Student Emergency Support Fund assistance should submit an application and supporting documentation. The Student Emergency Support Fund Committee will review the submitted application and determine the appropriate funding amount. Grant amounts awarded will vary based on circumstance and need, with the maximum award not to exceed $500. The number of students who will receive grants is subject to the availability of funds.

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Disbursing of Funds:

Approved Student Emergency Support Fund grants will be disbursed through direct deposit, if the student is enrolled in our eRefunds service, into the student’s account within 2-3 business days from date of approval. For students who do not have a direct deposit account, a check will be mailed to the address on file with the University (please note that there may be some delays with processing checks, due to the current circumstances).

Questions can be directed to:

Mariel Read Essner
Director of Donor Relations, Office of Institutional Advancement
IAScholarships@wpunj.edu