Student Assistance Funds

The Student Assistance Funds is managed in partnership with the CARE Team can be used to cover a variety of expenses. Student hardship and emergency fund applications are reviewed on a weekly rolling basis. For any questions and/or updates about your request, please email [email protected].

Funding Details & Criteria

Cokie & Steve Roberts SMPA Student Support Fund

Named in honor of groundbreaking broadcast journalist, the late Cokie Roberts, and her husband, Steve Roberts, the J.B. and M.C. Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs, the Cokie and Steve Roberts SMPA Student Support Fund will provide support for School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) undergraduate students as they pursue their education at GW. 

The purpose of this fund is to support students facing financial hardship, including unmet need and financial emergencies. In the spirit of Cokie and Steve, the fund will support as many students as possible each semester and students with the greatest need will be given priority. Cokie and Steve Roberts SMPA Student Support Fund awards typically range up to $7,500.

What can be funded? 

The fund can be used to support students who meet the following criteria: 

  • Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking full-time or part-time undergraduate SMPA student at the George Washington University and; 
  • Experiencing financial hardship. 

SMPA undergraduate students are encouraged to apply for the fund here.

GW Cares Student Assistance Fund

The GW Cares Student Assistance Fund was established in March 2020 to provide critical support to GW students in need as a result of the pandemic. Today, the Fund helps support our students through unexpected financial hardship so they may complete their schoolwork in a safe, secure environment.

The GW Cares Student Assistance fund was created to support students who are in immediate need of temporary, short-term, financial assistance to cover essential expenses due to an emergency. Each application is reviewed individually by designated staff with urgency toward time-sensitive student needs. The Office of Student Financial Assistance is consulted to verify prioritization of greatest student need.

We are awarding to students who meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student at the George Washington University (please note that students are only eligible for the fund once per academic year)
  • Experiencing unexpected financial hardship resulting from an unforeseen emergency 

What can be funded? Please note that this list is non-exhaustive: 

  • Emergency medical and dental expenses
  • Technology/equipment needed to ensure continuity of education
  • Academic support and materials required for educational success
  • Essential personal belongings/medications
  • Travel expenses due to emergency
  • Unmet safety needs
  • Temporary food assistance
  • Temporary housing (outside of existing housing expenses prior to emergency)

Emergency funding awards will not exceed $1000.

Students are encouraged to apply for the fund here

Ronald W. Howard Student Assistance Fund

The Ronald W. Howard Student Assistance Fund provides financial assistance to students who incur unexpected expenses they cannot cover in an emergency.

The fund can be used to support students who meet the following criteria: 

  • Currently enrolled as a degree-seeking full-time or part-time undergraduate or graduate student at the George Washington University,
  • Experiencing unexpected financial hardship resulting from an unforeseen emergency, and
  • Have unmet financial need 

Students can only be awarded once during their time at GW.

Students are encouraged to apply for the fund here.

Donate to a Student Assistance Fund

During this unprecedented time, as the impacts of COVID-19 continue to unfold, the entire GW community is combating its spread and showing our support for each and every student. Please help us show that GW Cares.

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