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GSAPP Student Emergency Fund

Columbia GSAPP has established a $250,000 Emergency Fund to assist students with unexpected expenses related to COVID-19. The fund was created by the Dean’s Office with the generous support of donors and alumni, who contributed specifically to support the student community facing hardships during this time.

The GSAPP Emergency Fund is for GSAPP students enrolling in the Fall 2020 semester who have urgent COVID-19-related financial emergencies that cannot be addressed by any other sources. These taxable stipends may vary in amount and will not exceed a cumulative total of $1,000 per student. The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is August 23, 2020 and the funds will be disbursed after the start of the Fall semester in September 2020.

Eligibility: Who Can Apply

The Emergency Fund is for new and continuing students who will be enrolled in a GSAPP program during the Fall 2020 term.

  • Expenses must be directly related to the student.
  • Expenses must be for new circumstances that are clearly related to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Selection: How Grantees Are Selected

The fund is intended to meet a variety of needs. Applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis provided that they meet the “Eligibility” criteria above. Not all eligible applicants will receive funding, and priority is given to those cases in which the applicant does not have access to additional means. Applications will be evaluated based on the criteria below.

  • Does the need arise from additional financial strain as a result of COVID-19?
  • Does the need pertain directly to the student’s own circumstances (versus someone else’s such as a roommate or partner)?
  • Has the applicant exhausted all other possible resources, including personal assets, family and personal networks, and the various Columbia, government, or community resources? Links to additional resources can be found on the Office of University Life COVID-19 webpage.
Application Instructions and Deadline

Applicants must complete and submit the online form for full consideration. Supporting documentation such as receipts may be included to substantiate the request. The deadline to apply for the first round of funding is August 23, 2020 at 11:59pm EDT. Review of applications will begin immediately.

The deadline to apply has passed. Additional rounds of funding may be announced during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Documentation required

Please use the application form linked below to include the following documentation:

  • Detailed description of how COVID-19 has affected student’s circumstances and created this emergent need.
  • Estimated expenses demonstrating impact from COVID-19.
  • Other documentation as applicable to the specific nature of the request.
Please contact arch_admissions@columbia.edu with any questions.