Students First Fund
The purpose of the Students First Fund is to enable University community members to demonstrate to our students that they are an important and valuable part of our community. Through this fund, members of the University community will be able to request help for students after unforeseen misfortunes have occurred (e.g., fire, accident, illness). Funds may be used to pay expenses; to provide a student with assistance during a time of need (e.g. books; clothing; food) and/or other reasonable and typical expenses as would be appropriate in times of loss. The Students First Fund is an initiative established through the Division of Students Affairs.
To be considered for the Students First Fund, individuals must meet the criteria listed below:
- Enrolled at UConn
- Priority will be given to undergraduate or graduate degree seeking students
- Demonstrate financial hardship due to an emergency situation, or for unanticipated and compelling circumstances that jeopardize the student’s ability to successfully continue at UConn
- Accessing all other possible funding sources as appropriate including student loans
Process to Request Support
University of Connecticut staff, faculty and/or students may create a request for support by submitting a brief statement (maximum of 500 words) outlining the individual student’s needs using the form below. Students may submit requests for support on their own behalf. Supporting documentation (e.g., receipts showing date of purchase, breakdown of expenses, etc.) must be included with the request.
Once the request is received, the student’s enrollment will be verified and financial aid status will be reviewed. Financial aid status must be reviewed in advance to ensure that the receipt of this grant would not adversely impact the student’s aid package. Requests will be reviewed on an ongoing basis as they are submitted.
The average award is approximately $500-$1,000 but requested amounts are not guaranteed. The Students First Fund cannot meet the needs of all requests and when appropriate students will be referred to other potential funding sources for possible assistance.
The process to review requests and notify a student of the decision typically takes four to six weeks. Due to the increased volume of requests during the COVID-19 pandemic this process is taking longer. We are working to keep students informed of their status pending the final decision. Once the committee makes a decision, the student will be notified of the status of the request via email.