When Chapman University students struggle to pay their tuition bills, the Financial Aid Office helps whenever possible.
However, students have financial obligations beyond just their tuition, such as expenses related to housing, food, transportation, and technology. When students struggle in these areas, traditional financial aid may not be an option. Unfortunately, for some students their personal financial situation is so precarious that even a small setback can threaten their ability to continue their Chapman education.
Students in these situations can turn to the Student Hardship Assistance Fund, which is Chapman’s way of providing flexible financial support to students facing immediate and unexpected hardship. Over the past few years the fund has paid for students’ transportation home when there has been a family crisis, and hospital bills when there has been a medical emergency. During the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students and parents suffered a loss of employment, so the fund helped cover their rent, gas, food, or other daily expenses.
While the fund is primarily used for financial emergencies, it is occasionally tapped to enable students to present research at a conference, or to study abroad – opportunities that they otherwise could not afford.
The fund is supporting 20-30 students annually with financial grants ranging from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand. The flow of students in need will continue to grow.
“Your generosity and support will make it possible for us to continue meeting the needs of future students who encounter financial setbacks that might otherwise derail their dreams of a Chapman education,” says Vice President and Dean of Students Jerry Price.
The fund is supported entirely by financial gifts. Those interested in donating can visit Student Crisis Fund (touchnet.com) or mail a check to:
Chapman University (Attn: Gift Recorder)
One University Drive
Orange, CA 92866