Supporting Students: COVID-19 Response

Putting Students First

The spirit of community at Tufts exists whether we are together or apart. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends have all joined in caring for students’ needs, from physical and mental wellbeing, to unanticipated financial hardship, to minimizing academic disruption.  

The needs of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering students continue to evolve as the COVID-19 crisis affects more families. The Tufts community is also a family and committed to taking care of each other. 

There are big needs, but they can be met with Jumbo care. Here is where you can help the most: 

Financial aid 

Because of the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the economy, there will be an increased need for financial aid. Students and their families are navigating uncertain times, but this remains certain: Tufts will continue to meet the full financial need of each of our undergraduate students. We are one of only approximately 70 universities and colleges in the United States that has made this kind of commitment.

Your gift to financial aid helps all our undergraduate students pursue their education with equal opportunity. 

Area of Greatest Need 

Faculty and staff are working around the clock so that our students continue to receive the education and mentorship that are at the core of Tufts’ mission. Your support of the area of greatest need enables the Schools of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering to adapt in these uncertain times.

Your gift will be used where it is needed most in the current moment, to respond as new challenges arise.  

Unexpected Hardship Fund 

The Unexpected Hardship Fund will be used to supplement federal assistance from the CARES Act. Your gift will support students with the highest need and those not covered by the CARES Act. You can help provide relief for emergency needs, including: medical co-pays and expenses that are higher away from campus; laptops, WIFI, routers, and noise-canceling headphones so students have a space at home conducive to learning; and offsetting the loss of campus job income for the summer. 

Graduate Student Aid 

Fellowships and stipends have taken on heightened importance for graduate students facing unanticipated financial hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis. Your gift supports continuing students completing their advanced degrees and gives talented new students the opportunity to study at Tufts. 

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