COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The COVID Emergency Grant program is now closed. Graduate and professional students with emergency need can apply for the Graduate Emergency Fund.

The COVID-19 Emergency Fund will support full- and part-time graduate and professional students who have incurred unexpected expenses directly related to the COVID-19 disruptions to the spring semester, including moving expenses, travel, insurance, covering multiple rents, and other urgent needs as appropriate. 

Funding for this program has been generously provided by the Provost and GAPSA. LPSGov has also contributed funding to this program. 

Application opens: April 24 (ET) 
Deadline: May 15 at 5:00 PM (ET) 

Please read the information on this page carefully before applying. 


To be eligible, applicants must:  

  • Be currently registered in a Penn graduate or professional program and in good academic standing during the current semester.   

  • Students on leave during the spring semester are not eligible 

  • Be able to demonstrate financial need 

  • Have incurred unexpected expenses as a direct result of disruptions to the Spring 2020 semester.  

Only unexpected expenses incurred by the student as a direct result of the COVID-19-related disruptions to the spring semester will be considered. All expenses must be essential to the safety/well-being of the student or required for the student to make academic progress toward degree requirements. This may include:   

  • Multiple or new moving/housing expenses  

  • Travel expenses  

  • Health insurance for student  

  • Technology expenses  

  • Other unanticipated urgent needs as appropriate 

In general, the following will not be covered:   

Please see information about other assistance programs and free or low-cost services and discounts available to those with financial need on our Spring 2020 Resources page.  

Grant Conditions
  • Grants are not guaranteed. Grants are disbursed as funding allows, with priority given to the students with unexpected expenses who demonstrate the highest financial need. 

  • Grants are awarded in amounts up to $1000.

  • Grant recipients will be notified in mid-to-late May. Grants will be disbursed in late May-to-early June.  

  • Grants may be taxable. You are responsible for reporting the grant income and paying applicable taxes. Depending on your tax status, taxes may be withheld prior to the grant disbursement. 

  • Students with unexpected expenses must provide detailed receipts in the application.

  • Students receiving funds for new purchases will be asked to provide receipts within 30 days of grant notification. Failure to provide requested documentation will result in grant funds being rescinded. 

  • Grant funds must be used for the purposes specified in your award notification. 

  • For students who will be enrolled at least part-time in June, July, and/or August: If you are receiving federal student loans, this grant could reduce your loan amount. You are responsible for contacting Student Financial Services for a budget re-evaluation if you receive the grant. Students can submit a request for a budget increase if they wish to receive their full loan amount in addition to the grant. 

  • If you provide misleading or falsified information or supporting documentation in your application, any grant funds will be rescinded, and you will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct. This extends to the use of grant funds for purposes other than those specified in your award notification and application.  

How to Apply

Submit the completed online application, including all necessary documentation by the posted deadline. Incomplete applications, forms submitted without documentation, and forms submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 

A complete application includes: 

  • Online Application form 

  • Supporting documentation uploaded into the form, including:  

    • Proof of cost and payment for any purchases or charges you are reporting. Documentation must include the purchase date, purchaser name, and an itemized list of items purchased with cost. 

    • Copies of 2019 W2s, 1098-T (tuition), and/or equivalent tax documents (PDF, opens in new tab) for student -- and spouse/partner (if applicable).  

Please have digital copies of all relevant documentation ready before you begin this application.  Failure to provide all necessary documentation will result in delays reviewing your application or denial of request.

Applicants should provide as much detail as needed for reviewers to understand and evaluate their situation and needs. You may be asked to provide additional documentation or information needed to evaluate your request. 

We are committed to ensuring the security of your information. We have put in place reasonable physical, technical, and administrative safeguards designed to prevent unauthorized access to, or use of, the information collected online. 


If you have questions or concerns regarding the COVID-19 Emergency Fund, please email Anita Mastroieni at with the subject line "COVID-19 Emergency Fund Question."