Financial Aid COVID-19 FAQs

Financial Aid

Emergency Resources

This is a resource page for all emergency funding applications available through Southwestern. Each application link is below, along with a description of the purpose of the application. If you have questions, please reach out to the Financial Aid Office.



 SU Emergency Fund Application

The SU Emergency Fund assists students in addressing emergency/immediate short-term needs. Funds are not intended to be used to cover a tuition bill at Southwestern. Instead, the SU Emergency fund is intended to help students cover other costs. Example: food, rent, car payment, car repair, etc.

Students who are approved for emergency funding will typically receive assistance in the form of direct payments to a third party (example: SU will make a direct payment to a grocery store for food purchases on behalf of a student).


Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Grant Application

As part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act, Southwestern received an allocation of funds that will be distributed to students who are enrolled at Southwestern or participating in an approved study abroad/study away program during the Spring 2021 semester. Detailed information and the HEERF grant application are available on the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) page. Detailed information and instructions were also shared with current students through email.


Book Scholarship Program

The Book Scholarships assists students with assistance for purchasing books. The scholarships are available on a need-based basis. In order to be eligible for a book scholarship, there must be financial need and your student account balance must be cleared.

The application asks you to submit documentation to support your request. Examples of documentation include receipt(s) or screenshot(s) of the cost of the book(s) from the retailer’s website. Screenshots must contain the name(s) of the retailer, name of the book(s), and the cost.


Computer Purchase Assistance Program

Southwestern University has need-based financial resources available for students needing assistance with purchasing a computer. Student discounts for Dell and Apple computers can be found on the SU IT Computing and Software website.

If the Computer Purchase Assistance Application is approved, a screenshot and a receipt of the computer purchase are required. 


COVID Testing Assistance Program

Southwestern University has financial assistance available for students with circumstances that create a hardship for them to pay for the COVID testing charges that are not covered by health insurance. Funding for COVID Testing Assistance is provided through the SU Emergency Assistance Fund.

All students are required to present a negative COVID-19 test that has been taken no earlier than 14 days prior to arrival on campus. The test is the preferred polymerase chain reaction test (PCR); antigen or antibody (serology) tests will not be accepted.

Before requesting assistance, be sure to check with your health insurance provider to confirm whether COVID testing is already covered by your existing policy. Where testing is partially covered by your insurance, you may request up to the amount that is not covered. You should submit a claim for COVID testing coverage to your insurance provider before requesting COVID testing assistance from SU. Many insurance companies will cover COVID testing, either completely or partially. A copy of an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your health insurance provider will be required.


Outside Resources:

SNAP Benefits - Coronavirus Relief

The federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was expanded as part of the sweeping relief package to allow college students to more easily access the program, temporarily removing work and eligibility requirements for students — a change that will be in place for the duration of the public health emergency due to the coronavirus.

Emergency Broadband Benefit Program

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program will provide eligible households with discounts of up to $50 a month for broadband service, and up to $75 a month if the household is on Tribal lands. It also will provide a one-time discount of up to $100 on a computer or tablet for eligible households.