Emergency Assistance Grants

Emergency Undergraduate Grant Application (2020 March – April)

The 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 for March and April incurred by students as a direct result of COVID-19.  Expenses that may be considered include living costs, travel home, moving costs, 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 outstanding 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).

Submit grant application by email 

  • Complete all sections of the Emergency Undergraduate Grant Application
  • Submit the completed form through your Faculty/ Division/ College Registrar’s Office with the Subject Line “2020 Winter 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)
  • 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 2 business days of Enrolment Services receiving the application from your Faculty/ Division/ College.

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 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 a alternative format that is accessible to you.

Other Resources

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