Student Emergency Hardship Fund

Lend a Helping Hand

There are times when students come into a financial crisis, which may prevent them from continuing on with their education. The Student Emergency Hardship Fund is there to help provide emergency financial support for students in an unexpected situation. Students can request funds themselves, or someone can submit a Cougar Cares and refer them to the Office of Student Affairs to get them connected with resources to help them to be successful.

A student hardship can be many things. Examples of hardship can be but not limited to: sudden loss of job and difficulty paying a bill, student is a victim of a crime, sudden loss of a family member, natural disaster, car accident, or unexpected loss of housing.  There are many external factors which can prevent a student from being successful at school, and our goal is to help make those extra things a little less burdensome.

Both WSU Tri-Cities and the WSU system have hardship funds established to support students who are experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic 

If you are experiencing hardship during this unusual time, we encourage you to apply for hardship funds. You can also make a virtual appointment with a Student Support Services team member by emailing 

We have received several questions from students about whether additional CARES Act funding will be distributed to individuals through WSU. A CARES Act packages is being considered by the federal government, but what will be distributed at this point still needs to be solidified. 

Note: Financial hardship funds are limited and are prioritized based on need. Before disbursing money, the committee will review your request and your current financial aid package.

If you have not accepted all the financial aid that’s available to you, the committee may recommend you choose that option first. You can review your award by clicking on your Financial Aid tile in your myWSU student portal.

Want to donate to the Student Emergency Hardship Fund?

Click “Campuses”
Choose “WSU Tri-Cities”
Choose “Student Emergency Hardship Fund”