Emergency Grants

We acknowledge that COVID-19 is having a disproportionate impact on the undocumented community. Hence, we encourage students experiencing financial difficulties for this and other reasons to submit an emergency grant application.

USP offers Emergency Grants for students that:

  1. Are not receiving federal Financial Aid and loans;
  2. Are Dream Aid recipients; and
  3. Are undocumented.

Emergency grants do not have to be paid back and students apply through an online application. Students are awarded based on need and on a first-come first-served basis. The application is posted by the sixth week of each semester. Students can only receive each emergency grant one time per academic year. The housing emergency grant is intended for extenuating housing-related costs whereas the general emergency grant is intended for extenuating food security, medical, dental, computer, and other unforeseen emergencies.

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The general grant is awarded for up to $600 and housing grant for up to $800.

With the help of generous donors, we were able to assist 113 students in Spring 2020.

The Spring 2021 Emergency Grant application is now closed. Please email vcayala77@berkeley.edu should you have any questions.

USP Scholarship for non-DACA Students

USP is able to provide a scholarship to students who do not have the ability to work. These awards are available on a first come, first serve basis. In Spring 2020, we will able to award 23 students. You can apply here.

Mental Health Refund Application

USP is able to provide refunds to students for costs related to mental health support. For more information and to access the application, please see our Mental Health Support page.