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Student Emergency Assistance Fund Challenge

Raised toward our $100,000 Goal
773 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on September 08, at 11:59 PM CDT
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Thank you for helping students in need!

Thank you for your generous support! If you would like to make a gift to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund, please visit



Our anonymous donor was so pleased with the response to the challenge, he has agreed to continue matching ALL gifts through September 8! You can still double the impact of your gift when you give today!


For over 15 years, DePaul’s Student Emergency Assistance Fund (SEAF) has served as a lifeline for students in crisis or emergency situations, providing grants to help with food, rent, medical expenses, or simply to replace a lost Ventra card. The generous donors to SEAF have served to keep hundreds of students on track to complete their degree through the years.

COVID-19 continues to impact our students, and they are facing situations like an unexpected health expense, loss of a job, or eviction caused by the pandemic.

The generosity of the DePaul community has kept SEAF positioned to help any time a student was in need. Now, we are in a situation we have not faced before: due to the pandemic and the resulting financial crisis, SEAF has distributed almost all available funds. 

This is where you come in. When you give today, an anonymous donor will match your gift, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000*, through September 8.

Please consider a gift to the Student Emergency Assistance Fund. Your support will allow students in crisis to continue their studies rather than having to put their DePaul education on hold, or worse, end it altogether.

Help our students come back to campus stronger than they were before!

*Matching funds will be added to the project every Friday.

Choose a giving level


Round trip on the L

Help a student get to campus safely for classes that cannot be conducted remotely.



Cover the cost of a webcam so a student can communicate face to face with professors and classmates.


Keep the wi-fi running!

With some fall classes taking place remotely, students may need assistance paying for monthly internet at home.


Buy groceries

Help a student buy food for a month


Cover a month's rent

Help a student pay their housing costs for a month

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