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Student Hardship Fund

Villanova University's Student Hardship Fund provides emergency support to address the needs of students who are facing unexpected financial stresses. This fund is made possible by institutional funds as well as generous donations from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

Open to all students at Villanova, the Student Hardship Fund is meant to cover costs including: 

  • Food
  • Housing
  • Course materials
  • Technology 
  • Those impacted by natural disasters
  • Other personal or family emergencies

In the spirit of serving as many of Villanova University's students with the greatest need, awards are generally capped at $200 to $500 per student. Higher amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrated circumstances of extreme hardship. All awards are subject to availability of funds. 

Those in need of an emergency grant should contact the office appropriate to their enrollment for further information:

 

COVID-19 Related Federal Funding

In Fall 2021, grants are being funded by the federal government through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) III, established by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), and by the University’s Student Hardship Fund, made possible by institutional funds as well as generous donations from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

As of November 15, 2021, Villanova is no longer accepting applications for undergraduate or graduate ARP/HEERF III funding. The undergraduate and graduate details on the ARP/HEERF III page are being provided for informational purposes only. 

In Spring 2021, student emergency grants are being funded by the federal government through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II and by the University’s Student Hardship Fund, made possible by institutional funds as well as generous donations from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

PLEASE NOTE: As of June 25, 2021, Villanova is no longer accepting applications for HEERF II funding or the Spring 2021 COVID-19 related Hardship Fund applications. The details presented on HEERF II page are provided for informational purposes only.

In Spring and Summer 2020, Villanova University provided emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives were disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis. The majority of these grants were funded by the federal government through the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund-IHE/Student Aid. Additional funds were made available to our students thanks to generous donations from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

PLEASE NOTE: As of August 12, 2020, Villanova is no longer accepting applications for the student assistance portion of the Federal CARES Act funding or the Spring 2020 COVID-19 related Hardship Fund applications. The details presented on CARES Act page are provided for informational purposes only.