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 Student Care Network form and refer them to Student Services to get them connected with resources to help them to be successful.

What is student hardship?

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. Student emergency funds cannot be approved to pay for a tuition bill, fees or late fees.

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 Services team member by emailing 

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, which includes subsidized loans, 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”