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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


Washington University continues to face many unforeseen challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and many alumni, parents, friends, and staff have asked what they can do to help.

With immense gratitude for the generous spirit of our community, the university has created two crisis response funds dedicated to supporting students and employees who have been adversely affected by this public health emergency: The WashU Crisis Response Student Fund and the WashU Crisis Response Employee Fund.​

These two funds help students and employees with many unexpected or insurmountable costs, including:

Student Crisis Fund Employee Crisis Fund
  • Housing
  • Food
  • Medicine
  • Technology Needs
  • Transportation Costs
  • Food
  • Housing
  • Utility Bills
  • Medical Co-Payments
  • Child Care



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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