The UMSU Hardship fund is a financial assistance program administered by the Vice President Student Life. The fund exists to aid students who are in desperate need, and have exhausted all other resources and options available to them. The Hardship Fund is administered by cheque to students who apply and are approved, and can be issued in the form of a loan or grant. If a student is issued a loan, the VPSL works with the student to create a payment timeline that works for them, and UMSU does not collect interest on these loans.
The UMSU Hardship Funding can be used by students for the following:
- Childcare costs
- Textbook and school supply costs
- Healthcare assistance
- Rent assistance
- Grocery assistance
- Urgent bill payments
The UMSU Hardship Fund can not in any case be used to help pay any student’s tuition costs.
If you feel you are eligible to receive UMSU Hardship Funding, you can find the online application here. Completed applications will be submitted to the VPSL. Please allow for a couple weeks’ time for them to fully process and review your application.
Additionally, please submit any and all of the following supplementary documentation you are able to obtain with your finished application. This will help give context to your situation and create a greater chance of approval of your application:
- Recent bank statements
- Recent list of account transactions
- Any recent and relevant bills
- Book list (if applying for textbook cost coverage)
- Proof of rental agreement and amount (if applying for rent assistance)
Please also be advised that you may be asked to sign any necessary consent forms and documentation indicating you have given permission for the VPSL to review your case. All information detailed and included within the Hardship Application you submit will be kept strictly confidential between the applicant and VPSL, unless explicit consent is given by the applicant to allow their information to be shared with another executive or UMSU staff member.
For all questions and inquiries regarding the Hardship Fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.