CUSA Hardship Fund

The Hardship Fund was formed by CUSA to assist students experiencing urgent financial need due to unforeseen circumstances (e.g. fire, job loss, sickness). Applicants may be awarded a grant of either $200 or $400, depending on their financial circumstances. Individuals deemed to be in an exceptional circumstance may obtain a disbursement of up to $600. An emergency grant awarded through the CUSA Hardship Fund will be a one-time payment, and applicants must be a registered undergraduate student during the academic year in which they apply.

All information collected in the application process for the CUSA Hardship Fund will be kept strictly confidential and only used for assessment purposes. Data will only be shared with relevant CUSA and university professionals. All information collected will be erased following the depletion of the fund.

The deadline for applications to the Hardship Fund is April 1, 2021.

Unfortunately, the CUSA Hardship Fund can only assist undergraduate students. Additional support options available to all students, including graduate students, including graduate students, include:

– Grants will be disbursed on a case-by-case basis by a Selection Committee composed of the Student Groups Administrator, the Services Manager, the VP Finance of CUSA and two members of the CUSA council.
– Grants will be awarded on a “first-come, first-serve basis,” albeit priority will be given to students capable of providing supporting documents to substantiate their claims or are ineligible for government benefits such as the Canadian Recovery Benefit (CRB) or Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB).
– A maximum of $600 will be awarded per student in each academic year.
2. Fill out the application (please note: there will be an option to upload your Fall Budget Worksheet in the application)
*Both items must be completed in full and submitted to be considered for financial assistance