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 details

Award amounts vary based upon hardship and need but will typically not exceed $1500 per student per academic year.

Note for applicants:

  • If you are currently eligible for Financial Aid assistance, the amount you request will be reviewed by the Office of Financial Aid to evaluate financial impact.
  • For all students, this award must first be applied to any outstanding student account balance you may have. This aids your financial status with the university and may help avoid interruption to your ability to register in a future term. If funding from your award exceeds an amount owed, the remaining amount will be issued to you directly in the form of a check or direct deposit if you have already established this process with the university.

Eligibility

To be eligible, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • Student currently enrolled in a graduate degree-seeking program at OSU, i.e., master or doctoral degree
  • The student must have successfully completed either (whichever is satisfied first):
    • at least 1/3 (one-third) of the total required credits towards a graduate degree (defined as total earned hours + credit hours in progress during the term in which the application is submitted), or
    • at least 24 completed OSU credits towards a graduate degree
  • Enrolled in at least three graduate credits at OSU during (1) the term in which the application is submitted and (2) have registered or intend to register in the term immediately following the term in which the application is submitted
  • Making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree and in good academic standing as defined by their program and by the Graduate School (to be confirmed by the program director/major advisor)
  • Currently experiencing economic hardship that significantly affects their academic progress in their current degree program at Oregon State University
  • Able to provide an appropriate rationale as to how this financial hardship will interrupt immediate academic progress

Fund restrictions

Students will be ineligible for the hardship grant if:

  • They are in a standalone graduate certificate program. Certificate students enrolled in a concurrent doctoral or master's degree program are eligible.
  • They are coded as an Ecampus student currently eligible for the Ecampus Financial Hardship Grant.

Request period

The request period begins October 25, 2021. Requests will be accepted on a rolling basis each term until all available funds are distributed. 

    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 prepare/upload the following materials as one PDF document and upload it through the request form. Please be prepared to describe (1) the financial crisis you are experiencing, and (2) the potential/current 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.

    Request Form

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    Nomination form overview

    Questions

    For questions about this award, eligibility concerns, or any Graduate School administered awards please contact our Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships team.