Student emergency needs fund
In these uncertain times, the College of Engineering and the Engineering Student Services (ESS) team would like to do all we can to lower barriers to student success brought on by the COVID-19 crisis. To this end, the college established the COE Student Emergency Needs Fund to assist COE undergraduate and graduate engineering students encountering sudden, unexpected financial hardships. In late spring over $200,000 in funding was provided directly to undergraduates and graduates who were affected by the pandemic.
In addition to the COE Student Emergency Needs Fund, please know that there are a number of resources on campus to help:
- Berkeley Basic Needs: The Basic Needs Holistic Support Application is designed to provide short-term emergency financial support for needs that can not be met by other financial resources including Basic Needs Center (BNC) and FASO services. Students who have emergency needs and limited financial resources will be prioritized. Students may apply for short-term emergency support across: 1) rental assistance; 2) food assistance; and 3) housing security deposit
- Short Term Emergency Loans: The Financial Aid and Scholarships Office offers short-term emergency loans to graduate and undergraduate students. These interest-free loans are designed to help students meet unanticipated expenses directly related to the cost of education.
- Technology Access Program: If you are a UCB graduate, professional, or undergraduate student without the resources you need to engage in the online environment, please complete an application for a free loan of hardware from the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP)
Undergraduate students: Please keep in mind that due to current circumstances caused by COVID-19, cases will be carefully evaluated and students with dire need and high urgency will be prioritized. We will prioritize requests from students who have exhausted all other resources including loans. Furthermore, filling out this emergency funding application does not guarantee funding. If you are granted funding, documentation may be required for financial aid records. Undergraduate students will receive a response within seven days. Please note it could take longer to receive funding.
You are encouraged to apply to one of the above resources, as the College of Engineering is prioritizing requests that cannot be met by one of the above mentioned resources.
If you would like to reach out to the Engineering Student Services Team, please feel free to contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.