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“In my ti​me of need, Washington University and UCollege did not let me slip through the cracks.”

—Recipient of WashU Crisis Response Student Fund assistance



When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic broke, the university was faced with many unforeseen challenges, and many members of our community asked what they could do to help.

In response to those requests—and with immense gratitude for the generous spirit of this community—the university created two crisis response funds dedicated to supporting students and employees who have been adversely affected: The WashU Crisis Response Student Fund and The WashU Crisis Response Employee Fund.



Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students who were faced with unexpected costs for essentials such as housing, food, and medicine were encouraged to apply for financial relief, as were employees seeking help with expenses such as food, housing, utility bills, medical
co-payments, and child care.

Contributions to the Crisis Response Funds have been inspiring. Since March, alumni, parents, friends, and staff have made gifts totaling more than $420,000 for students and $355,000 for employees! Read more about the distribution of these funds and other ways the university has helped students and employees deal with the financial impact of the pandemic.

Because the current health crisis is unprecedented and ongoing, both funds are still accepting contributions. Your gift to either fund will directly benefit students and employees who need financial assistance at this extraordinary time.


As ​you count on friends, neighbors, and colleagues during this extraordinary time, know that you can also count on WashU, too. Explore our digital resources and virtual experiences.

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