When unexpected hardships arise, Portland State aspires to support you so that you can persist as a student and maximize your learning. Below is information regarding limited emergency funds for which you may be eligible. Please note that, if awarded, some hardship funds are taxable.
CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF II)
Emergency funding for students impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
Funds will be distributed via direct grants of $500 each to Pell-eligible students, but other students with COVID-related financial need also can apply for aid through the Financial Wellness Center.
General Student Emergency Fund
Available to all students, regardless of major or demographics
The General Student Emergency Fund (GSEF) offers short-term financial assistance to Portland State University students during times of crisis by providing financial support where a clear need exists.
Other Portland State University Funds
In addition to the General Student Emergency Fund, there are also funds that are retained and managed in many of the schools, colleges, and resource centers. These funds are available for enrolled students who participate in those programs. Please contact these departments directly in order to learn more about the availability of these funds.
Emergency Funds in Resource Centers
International Student and Scholar Services - Paula Harris International Student Aid Fund
Diversity and Multicultural Student Services - Multicultural Retention Services Hardship Fund
Native American Student and Community Center - NASCC Emergency Fund
Queer Resource Center - Queer and Trans Student Support Fund
Services for Students with Children - Jim Sells COVID-19 Hardship Fund
Donate to Emergency Funds at PSU
Without donor support, we would not be able to support students when pressing or unexpected expenses threaten to unravel everything they have worked for. If you are interested in providing monetary support to build up emergency funds at PSU, please visit the PSU Foundation page to get started.