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Olin Student Access, Equity and Emergency Fund to support students in financial hardship

The Olin Student Access, Equity and Emergency Fund is a new fund housed in the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion that offers limited financial assistance to currently enrolled Olin students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an expected situation or due to enrollment in an out-of-state elective course.

While the fund provides a maximum of $500 per student per program, it’s designated to offset a short-term financial need. It is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid. Funds are awarded as a grant and do not need to be repaid, unlike a loan.

“Olin prides itself on amplifying ways each of us can help create an inclusive and supportive learning environment and one that enables students to thrive,” Oliver Tacto, assistant dean and director of student engagement. “I encourage students, especially those who are in financial hardship, to apply for the fund.”

The fund is available to all degree-seeking students enrolled in Olin Business School, where all other resources, including resources through the Office of Financial Aid, have been considered and are insufficient, unavailable, or not available.

Starting March 1, students can visit this site to submit an application and supporting documentation to Olin’s Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. A committee will review the application and determine the funding amount. If approved, students will be notified of the amount, and the money will be distributed.

An eligibility review will determine if granting the emergency fund request will have a negative impact on current and future aid if received. Priority will be given to students whose persistence at Olin (and WashU) may be at risk because of unexpected expenses. Emergency funds can be used for groceries/food, housing/rent, medical, transportation, technology or other expenses that may be experienced during a financial crisis.

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