Fall 2020 Technology Grants

The Office of the Provost and GAPSA are funding additional Technology Grants for graduate and professional students enrolled in Fall 2020. The purpose of this program is to offset the cost of technology required for students to make academic progress while participating remotely in academic work during the fall 2020 semester. Examples: computers, tablets, new internet service, etc.

Full-time and part-time graduate and professional students who demonstrate financial need may apply for grants (up to $500) for technology expenses required to remotely conduct research, take courses, or teach courses during the fall 2020 semester. Grants can be used to fund technology that is still needed or has already been purchased. 

Review information about IT Support and Software Access, Support for Teaching Remotely and Academic and Research Support before making any new purchases or requesting funds for electronic resources, software, or storage.  

Application Opens: Wednesday, August 19 at 8:00 AM (EDT) 

Deadline: September 18 at 12:00 PM (noon) Eastern Time

Applicants will be notified of their grant status by mid-October. 

Eligibility

To be eligible, applicants must: 

  • Be a full-time or part-time student currently registered in a Penn graduate or professional program and in good academic standing

    • Students on leave during the fall semester are not eligible.

    • Students enrolled in programs that are normally offered fully online (CITO, HealthCare Innovation, online NonProfit Leadership, etc.) are not eligible.

  • Be able to demonstrate financial need.

  • Have new technology expenses that are required to make academic progress during the fall 2020 semester.

  • Students who received grants or other financial support for technology in spring 2020 should not re-apply unless new technology is required for fall 2020. Exceptions may be made for those who received grants related to internet services. 

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 and Process
  • 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 of $100 - $500.

  • Grants will be disbursed in two rounds. 

  • Students receiving funds for new purchases must provide receipts within 30 days of receipt of the grant. Receipts must show name of purchaser, date, item(s) purchased, and price(s). Item(s) purchased must be what was approved by grant committee. Failure to provide requested documentation will result in grant funds being rescinded.

  • Funds will be processed through your student account. This is a separate system from Workday. You must sign up for student account refunds in PennPay or a paper check will be mailed to your current address on file with SFRS. 

  • If you have an outstanding balance on your student account, the grant will be applied to your bill.

  • 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.

  • School representatives will evaluate the academic necessity of applicant technology needs / requests. Financial information will not be shared with schools. 

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

  • For students who will be enrolled at least part-time in Fall 2020: 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, 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 application and/or award notification.  

 

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:

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

    • Receipts for any technology already purchased for fall 2020 needs. Receipts *must* include the date, purchaser name, item(s) and price(s). Those receiving grants for technology that has not been purchased yet will be required to submit receipts within 30 days of receiving the grant. 

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.

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. 

Questions?

If you have questions or concerns regarding the Fall 2020 Technology Grants, please email Anita Mastroieni at mastroie@upenn.edu with the subject line "Fall 2020 Technology Grant Question."