This summer, Dean Johnson announced the creation of an Emergency Student Fund for Owen students beginning in the Fall 2020 semester. The impact of COVID-19 has been both far-reaching and highly personalized, and with that in mind, we recognize that the current situation may create unanticipated financial challenges. Our main priority is the health, safety, and wellness of our students, and to the extent that we can, Owen is here to provide support during this unprecedented time.
All Owen students may consider applying for up to $500 in emergency funding for costs incurred beginning in the Fall 2020 semester. Anticipated expenses that have yet to be incurred cannot be considered. Financial assistance through this application process is not guaranteed, with priority given to expenses related to the eligibility considerations listed below.
Note: Owen students with demonstrated need through the FAFSA and/or PROFILE financial aid applications are also eligible to apply for funding from the Vanderbilt University COVID-19 Student Hardship Relief Fund. This can be in conjunction with, or in addition to, your application to the Owen Emergency Student Fund.
Students meeting the eligibility criteria for the Emergency Student Fund must complete an application to be considered. All funding requests for expenses incurred will be reviewed and processed by a four-member staff committee in a timely fashion, within 1-2 weeks of submission. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis as funds remain available. To respect the personal nature of this process, requests will be kept strictly confidential. Applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision via email. Administered by the Finance and Administration Team, all approved funding will be credited to your student account and provided via direct deposit or, if you do not have direct deposit, will be mailed to your home address.
The Owen Emergency Student Fund serves to provide help to students who encounter short-term financial emergencies due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic through an expense reimbursement process. The emergencies include, but are not limited to:
- Sudden relocation and/or short-term living expenses
- Transportation costs due to changes in plans (e.g., last-minute airfare, flight change fees, car maintenance/repairs, fuel costs)
- Unanticipated one-time health-related expenses (e.g., medical, dental, and/or mental health)
- Short-term food insecurities
- Other critical needs
Examples of ineligible expenses that cannot covered by the Emergency Student Fund and cannot be reimbursed include, but are not limited to:
- Recurring living expenses (e.g., monthly rent, credit card bill payments)
- Tuition and/or other institutional fees
- Dues for student organizations and/or campus events
- Fees for corporate recruiting and/or other career-related events
- Commencement regalia
To access the application form, please click here.