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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 generous donations from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

Open to all degree-seeking undergraduate, graduate and law 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 $300 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 availabilty of funds. 

Those with continuing financial need should contact the University's Office of Financial Assistance (undergraduate and graduate) or the Law School's Office of Financial Aid (law students) for further information.

COVID-19 Related Funding Through the CARES ACT

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 COVID-19 related Hardship Fund applications. The details presented on CARES Act page are provided for informational purposes only. Students in need should apply using the link above.