Oregon State University created a dedicated hardship fund to assist graduate students, including those who hold a Graduate Employee position. OSU’s Graduate School coordinates these funds to assist graduate students experiencing unexpected financial hardship that impedes, impacts, or interferes with academic progress. This funding is being provided to help ensure that graduate students with demonstrated financial need can continue their education at OSU.
In your application, please describe the financial crisis you are experiencing and the potential impact on your ability to continue your studies. Situations that could affect your academic progress may include but are not limited to housing insecurity, employment accessibility, health emergencies, unexpected family situations, access to academic materials/resources, etc. If you have questions about your eligibility and would like to discuss with someone, please reach out to [email protected].
Award amounts vary based upon hardship and need but will typically not exceed $1500 per student per academic year.
Note for applicants:
To be eligible, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
Students will be ineligible for the hardship grant if:
For the 2022-2023 academic year, requests open on Monday, June 20, 2022. Requests are accepted on a rolling basis until available funds each term are exhausted.
Request process and timeline
Requests must be submitted by the student directly through the online request form. Applicants will be notified of the final award decision within 7-10 business days of receipt of the completed application and any necessary next steps. Please allow 3-4 additional business days before funds post to the student account.
In the online request form, students will be required to answer two survey prompts describing (1) the current, unexpected financial emergency experienced and (2) the immediate impact of the financial emergency on academic progress. Student can also prepare/upload a supplementary statement and/or documentation through the request form to support the responses.
Situations that could affect your academic progress may include but are not limited to housing insecurity, employment accessibility, health emergencies, unexpected family situations, access to academic materials/resources, etc.
For questions about this award, eligibility concerns, or any Graduate School administered awards please contact our Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships team.