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Graduate College Financial Hardship Funds

At a glance
Number Awarded: 
Depends on availability of funds
Amount Awarded: 
Up to $2,500 and dependent upon availability of funds. The award may be in the form of tuition and/or cash fellowship.
Application Period: 
Fall, Spring, Summer semesters
Funding Type: 
Cash Award/Stipend
Tuition Award
By Application
Eligibility Category: 
Domestic Doctoral Students
Domestic Master’s Students

**If you are experiencing financial difficulty specfically related to the COVID-19 health crisis, please apply to the Student Emergency Fund**


The Financial Hardship Funds offer support for domestic graduate degree-seeking students who are experiencing a catastrophic, exceptional and unexpected temporary financial difficulty or emergency (not related to COVID-19 health crisis) that is impeding their degree completion in a timely manner. Priority will be given to those Master's or doctoral students who are within a semester or two of completing their degrees and those who show a significant hardship. Support may be in the form of tuition scholarships and/or cash awards. These funds will be only awarded in truly exceptional circumstances. Applicants may be asked to provide documentation of the unexpected hardship (example: overdue utility bills, unexpected medical bills, emergency repairs - Please redact any medical condition or name of medication). Award amounts vary and will not exceed $2,500 dependent upon the availability of funds.




University of Arizona Master’s or Doctoral graduate students who:

  • Are U.S. citizens or permanent residents,
  • Are admitted to and enrolled in a Master’s or doctoral degree granting program on the University of Arizona Main, UA South or Phoenix campuses (UA Online, Certificate seeking only, JD and MD students are not eligible),
  • Have filed the FAFSA form for the academic year of request

Fill out Application for Graduate College Financial Hardship Funds

You will need an email or letter from your Department Head or Director of Graduate Studies stating the following:

  • That you are, at this point in time, considered a priority for financial assistance over other students in the program,
  • You are making satisfactory progress toward the completion of your degree, and
  • What the academic program or college are providing to help offset the hardship.

Your Department Head or Director of Graduate Studies should send your letter or email of support to:

Dorian Voorhees, Associate Dean
Graduate College


Dorian Voorhees, Associate Dean
Graduate College