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COVID-19 Emergency Funds for Students

Tufts University COVID-19 Emergency Fund

The COVID-19 crisis has created significant financial hardship for individuals and families, including members of the Tufts Dental School community. In response, TUSDM Alumni have established an institutional emergency grant fund to assist students who have been challenged by the pandemic. In addition, Tufts University has received federally funded Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant funding under CARES Act.  As indicated by the US Department of Education, these funds are intended to provide emergency grants to students who incurred expenses directly related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus.  Such expenses include food, housing and utilities, course materials, technology, health care, childcare expenses and travel.  Collectively, these funds are called the Tufts University COVID-19 Emergency Fund and are available to currently enrolled, degree- or certificate-seeking students who incurred unexpected expenses that created financial hardship related to disruption of campus operations due to circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

The university has created a single web-based application for both institutional emergency and HEERF grant funds.  Each school within Tufts University has established an application review committee that will meet weekly.  The Dental School review committee consists of Dr. Robert Kasberg, Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, Sandra Pearson, Director of Enrollment Services and Nikki Lowe Lane, Associate Director of Financial Aid.  Students will be notified of the committee’s decision regarding their application.  Students whose requests are approved can expect to receive funds within 2 weeks of submitting their application.  The funds will be disbursed to their student account at the Bursar’s Office who, in turn, will process the e-Refund for the student.