Columbia GSAPP 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.
Two rounds of funding in the Fall 2020 semester met 100% of requests by disbursing $91,138 in October 2020 and an additional $127,654 in December 2020. Further requests for support were met throughout the Spring 2021 semester, disbursing an additional $71,951. The School expanded the original budget to provide a total of $290,743 in emergency aid to 195 students during the 2020-2021 academic year.
GSAPP is extending this support by renewing the GSAPP Emergency Fund in the 2021-2022 academic year. The application will be available in September 2021.
The GSAPP Emergency Fund is for current GSAPP students who are enrolled full-time and have urgent financial need that cannot be addressed by any other sources. These taxable stipends may vary in amount and will not exceed $1,000 per student in each application round. Students who have already received a stipend from the fund’s prior round and continue to experience financial hardship may re-apply for an additional stipend.