Emergency Assistance Grants

COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant Application

The COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant is intended to assist current U of T undergraduate domestic and international students impacted by COVID-19 and who need immediate short-term financial relief because of unexpected expenses. This grant is open to both part-time and full-time students.

Each request for emergency aid is considered on its own merits and based on need associated with an educational program and unexpected critical costs incurred by students as a direct result of COVID-19.  Expenses that may be considered include living costs, travel home, moving costs, technolgy and other extraordinary and reasonable needs.

The grant is not able to cover expenses that are unrelated to COVID-19 and existing debt obligations or non-essential expenses. Examples of ineligible expenses are tuition fees to U of T; request for summer tuition fees for courses taken elsewhere; support for partner or family expenses; expenses for MCAT preparatory course; mortgage or maintenance fees for secondary residence and other discretionary expenses (e.g., missed car payment, gym membership).

The COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant application for U of T students registered for the 2020-21 Fall/Winter term will be available in September 2020. Additional information will be posted closer to September.

2020 Summer: Submit grant application by email 

  • Complete all sections of the COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant Application for the 2020 Summer term
  • Submit the completed form along with your personal statement and receipts/documentation in a single PDF file through your Faculty/ Division/ College Registrar’s Office with the Subject Line “2020 Summer Emergency Undergraduate Grant Application”. Use your U of T email address to submit the form. Do not use non U of T email accounts (such as Hotmail/Gmail etc)
  • The application package must be received by 7 August 2020.
  • Your Faculty/ Division/ College will review the application and will forward the completed form with their recommendation to Enrolment Services.

Timeline and payment of funding

You will be notified of the decision on your grant applications within 10 business days of your faculty/ division/ college receiving your completed application. If approved, you will also be able to view the grant payment information on ACORN, under the Awards & Financial Aid section of your ACORN account. 

Funds related to U of T learning abroad program

You may request for emergency funds to cover unexpected expenses related to a U of T learning abroad program. You must attach receipts of the non-refundable expenses incurred as part of the learning abroad program.

Eligible expenses include ticket rebooking fees not covered by insurance, flight change fees (for economy class) and accommodation cancellation penalties.

Students who have already received a U of T International Experience Award for the 2020 Winter/ Summer term do not have to return the grant if their program was cut short or cancelled because of COVID-19.

Please contact us if you need the grant application in an alternative format that is accessible to you.

Other Resources

Undergraduate Grant Application for non-COVID related grants. Please contact your Faculty, Division or College for instructions regarding the grant process.

Consult the Financial Counselling Directory


Graduate Awards

Graduate students can access financial support from a variety of sources, including the University of Toronto Fellowship program and numerous other departmental awards programs. They can also secure teaching assistantships and research funding.

In unanticipated financial emergencies, graduate grants are available, through the student’s graduate department.

Find out more about Graduate Grants