Emergency Student Assistance Funding



The GW Cares Student Assistance Fund provides critical support to GW students in need as a result of unexpected financial hardship, including needs resulting from COVID-19 prevention and response.

Over 750 students have received aid to help with transportation expenses, housing expenses, to offset income from lost jobs, and to be able to complete their schoolwork in a safe, secure environment.

During this unprecedented time, as the impacts of COVID-19 unfold, the entire GW community is combating its spread and showing our support for each and every student.

Please help us show that GW Cares.

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Chart of funding for student assistance highlighting funds distributed across emergency housing, transportation, food, and job loss.

The GW Cares Student Assistance Fund is helping students with need based funding ranging from travel and housing expenses to lost income and food security.

More than 704 students have received assistance through the GW Cares Student Assistance Fund.

More than $346,000 has been awarded to help students in need

Addressing Covid-19

Students help with move-in day.


For the safety of our students, residence halls have closed and all classes are moving online for the rest of the semester. Many students cannot afford to travel home on short notice, whether international or domestic.

Students help in building a house for "Homes for humanity."

Housing Assistance

For many GW students, moving home in the middle of a semester is not an option. These students will need help finding temporary housing, possibly in the District.

GW students teaching elementary kids during day of service.


In order to complete their studies online, students will require the appropriate technology. Not everyone has access to such resources off campus.

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Lost Income

Perhaps the most overlooked hardship, losing a part-time job due to COVID-19 presents a very real challenge to a student.

Student Emergency Funds


GW Cares Student Assistance Fund

The GW Cares Student Assistance Fund provides critical support to GW students in times of need. These funds are necessary for all students to continue pursuing their GW education while managing financial hardship due to unforeseen circumstances. The GW Cares fund supports undergraduate and graduate students across all GW schools and colleges.

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Ron Howard Student Assistance Endowed Fund

The Ronald W. Howard Student Assistance Fund was established in 1997 in honor of Ron Howard, a beloved administrator with a long history of service and dedication to the George Washington University community. Ron Howard frequently helped students in need from his own personal resources.  This endowed fund was created by friends and alumni in his memory to help undergraduate student leaders with unexpected financial need. More than 250 students facing unforeseen financial crises have benefitted from the Fund.

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