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DePaul Responds: Student Emergency Assistance Fund

$70,398 has been raised for the Student Emergency Assistance Fund in support of students experiencing hardships due to COVID-19.

Your support is still helping our students!

May 21, 2020


We remain tremendously grateful to everyone who has contributed to this critical fund. While we cannot prevent our students from having hardships, we can let them know we care, and that the DePaul community is committed to helping them thrive. The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is a lifeline for our students, and a testament to the Vincentian spirit of all who have made donations large and small. Thank you.


As of this week, here is what you have helped to make possible:

  • Over $400,000 has been given to students in emergency situations
  • Over 420 students have been helped
  • Students, on average, are receiving around $950

Most requests are related to basic living expenses such as rent, utilities and food as a result of complete loss of work or significantly reduced hours.



A message from Johnny M. about the Student Emergency Assistance Fund

April 20, 2020

Johnny M. is a third-year student, and among other activities, is a resident advisor, president of his fraternity and member of the student government association, and he's sharing how the COVID-19 crisis is impacting him and his classmates. 


Over the last month, the Dean of Students office has received more than 100 requests for emergency assistance, and has provided more than $50,000. Thanks to the generosity of the DePaul community who have donated to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund this year (including during this crisis), no students have been turned away due to a lack of funds. 


The Student Emergency Assistance Fund is life-changing for our students in crisis. It reduces stress and anxiety, helps them stay engaged and keeps them enrolled in pursuit of their academic goals. Requests for assistance are continuing to come in, and we anticipate more as the crisis continues. Your gift to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund may be the difference between helping a student in crisis and turning them away in their time of need. 


Thank you for your support.  



Thank you for your continued support!

April 07, 2020

We remain deeply grateful for the kindness and generosity of our alumni and friends who have contributed to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, both through this campaign and all year long. Thank you for supporting our students at this critical time.


Because of you, more than $26,000 has been granted to students in crisis. In many cases, these students have experienced the loss of off-campus jobs, or a significant reduction in hours. Your contributions have helped our students with such things as:


·         food assistance

·         rent assistance

·         textbook support

·         technology support (including laptops and wifi)


You are the difference between a student having to put their studies on hold, or staying on track to graduate. In these times, when social distancing is keeping us physically apart, you are showing our students that we are still together in spirit.

A message from Gisselle Cervantes, President, DePaul Student Government Association (SGA)

March 24, 2020

We are tremendously grateful to all donors who have stepped forward to raise over $8,000 for DePaul students through the Student Emergency Assistance Fund (SEAF). 

The president of DePaul's Student Government Association, Gisselle Cervantes, recorded a message about how the public health crisis is impacting students and why the Student Emergency Assistance Fund is worthy of support. 

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