Student Hardship: Financial Support Request Process and Form
Students experiencing financial hardships due to COVID-19 related changes can submit the form linked below to be considered for a student emergency award from the President’s Excellence Fund.
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled at Baylor University as a full-time student to be considered.
Awards of up to $1,000/academic year will be considered to cover hardships such as the following:
- Laptops and internet access to those students who will not otherwise be able to complete their coursework.
- Immediate support for students facing housing challenges or food insecurity.
- Funds for students who have lost wages or jobs they depend on to pay for their education and support themselves or their families.
- Resources for students who need emergency medical and mental health services.
The hardship list above is intended to be examples and not an exhaustive list. Please describe your hardship in the application.
Federal Work-Study: Most students who were employed with a Federal Work-Study position do not need to complete the President’s Excellence Fund application. For students who were employed on campus during the spring semester with a Federal Work-Study position and are no longer able to work in that role, the University will award a lump-sum payment. The amount of a payment will be based on the average number of weeks a student worked in the six weeks prior to spring break but will not exceed the student's remaining federal work-study award. These payments will be processed through Baylor's Payroll Office by Friday, April 10, 2020. More information can be found in the COVID-19 FAQs.
Review Process: All applications will be reviewed by the Office of Student Financial Aid. Someone from this office may reach out to applicants by email and/or phone to ask additional questions. Applications will be reviewed and awarded as quickly as possible with the goal of helping to ease the burden for our students.
Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We welcome your call if we can help answer questions or help to connect you to other resources at the University. For questions related to this process, you can reach out to Financial_Aid@baylor.edu or (254) 710-2611.
The Student Request Form is password protected and can be accessed by logging in with your student Bear_ID and password.
Please note, each student only needs to submit one application form. Please do not submit a duplicate request. If you have questions about the status of an application you submitted previously, please contact email@example.com.
Additional COVID-19 Resources
To learn more about Baylor University's response to COVID-19 and the resources in place to support our students, please visit Baylor's coronavirus website.
If you wish to help Baylor students:
Many in the Baylor Family have asked how they can help our students. Gifts made to the President’s Excellence Fund will be directed to help those who are facing great hurdles during this semester due to COVID-19. Should you or someone you know be interested in making a gift to support our students, gifts can be made online.