Hardship Funds Requests

PSS is not currently accepting applications for Hardship Funds Requests. In lieu of accepting hardship funds applications for the Fall 2020 term, the Professional Student Senate has generously donated $18,000 to the Student Emergency Fund to be distributed to eligible Graduate and Professional Student Applicants. 

Purpose of Hardship Requests

Life happens outside of graduate and professional school and sometimes circumstances create a barrier to success in one’s academic program, particularly when unexpected expenses arise. 

The Professional Student Senate (PSS) assists graduate and professional students who have experienced hardship and have few, if any, resources to resolve the situation. The PSS looks at the following criteria when considering a hardship request:

  • Is the hardship impacting program attendance and functionality in the program?
  • Has the student exhausted all other financial resources?
  • Does the student have financial dependents (this is not required to receive funding)?
  • Is the hardship documented?
  • Does a small amount of funding from PSS help the student overcome the hardship, or is the hardship ongoing to the point that a small amount of funding does not remove the barrier to success?

Application Information

*In lieu of accepting hardship funds applications for the Fall 2020 term, the Professional Student Senate has generously donated $18,000 to the Student Emergency Fund to be distributed to eligible Graduate and Professional Student Applicants.