Tufts University COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The COVID-19 crisis has created significant financial hardship for individuals and families around the world, including members of the Tufts community. In response, many Tufts community members -- alumni, friends, classmates, and parents and families -- have come together to support students facing COVID-related financial challenges. In addition, the federally-funded Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Emergency Grants under the CARES Act provides emergency grants to qualifying students for expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, childcare expenses, and travel.

Although the use of these funds will be evaluated separately, these funds together are called the Tufts University COVID-19 Emergency Fund. These funds are available to currently enrolled, eligible degree- or certificate-seeking students who are unable to meet essential financial expenses or who experienced unexpected hardship due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19, and meet requirements set forth below. Students do not need to pay back these funds.

Application review committees have been established for each school at Tufts. All requests for funding may be submitted using the link below. Upon approval funds are disbursed to the student account through the Bursar’s Office.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any currently enrolled, eligible degree- or certificate-seeking student may request funds.
  • Students applying for the federal HEERF funding must be eligible to apply for Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs per federal regulations. These include programs such as Pell Grant, SEOG, Federal Work-Study, Federal Direct Loan and PLUS and Grad PLUS programs. Review Title IV basic eligibility criteria.
  • Students not eligible for federal funding will be considered for Tufts funding if funding is available.
  • Funds must be used for expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as for housing, food, course material, technology, healthcare, childcare or travel.
Examples of items for which Tufts University COVID-19 Emergency Fund funding can be used

Note: qualifying items and amounts may vary by school

  • to assist the student with additional food and housing costs related disruption due to the coronavirus
  • summer living expenses because the student cannot go home as expected, has unanticipated sublet expenses, or needs to remain at Tufts over the summer to complete unfinished clinical or coursework that was disrupted by the coronavirus
  • technology needs required for remote learning such as laptops, peripheral equipment and/or wireless hotspots
  • additional childcare costs because dependent children are not in school/ daycare
  • medical expenses not covered by health insurance because of relocation or disruption of relationship with usual caregiver
  • travel expenses related to the disruption of on campus coursework
  • moving and storage expenses resulting from campus closure
Examples of expenses for which funding may not be used
  • to reimburse the school for school expenses
  • to pay outstanding balances on student accounts
  • to provide financial aid for future semesters
  • to supplement any income losses related to changes in family employment circumstances

Maximum Award

$1000 for dependent students; $1800 for independent students (graduate/professional students are considered independent by federal definition).

Award Amounts
Need Dependent Student Independent Student
Housing and Utilities up to $800 up to $1500
Food up to $200 up to $300
Technology/Course Materials up to $500 up to $500
Childcare $0 up to $800
Health Care up to $200 up to $200
Travel Up to $500 Up to $500

How to Apply

You are not required to submit documentation in support of your request, however you should retain documentation for your records in case information is requested in the future.

Applying for emergency funds is simple and is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at Tufts. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis until funds are expended. Please use our 2-minute webform application. Once your application is received, it will be reviewed by the Tufts University COVID-19 Emergency Fund Committee, and you will receive notification of a decision within 2 weeks.

Apply for COVID-19 Emergency Funds