The Student Hardship Fund was established in 2020, initially in response to COVID-19, to ensure that every Bentley student can focus on their education, even when facing unexpected duress. If you or someone supporting your education loses a job; if you have to leave campus for an emergency and don't have the funds to fly back; if you require unexpected medical care — none of these financial challenges should interrupt your Bentley education.
The Student Hardship Fund is supported by donations from alumni, trustees, faculty, staff, parents, friends and even other students who are dedicated to helping every Falcon successfully reach the end of their academic journey.
Students received funding
Even classmates got involved. At the end of the spring semester, Michael Harris ’20, Thomas Komar ’20 and Amanda Shoemaker ’21 were learning how to create an online store in Experimental Marketing, and they decided to donate the profits from their venture to the Student Hardship Fund.
“Bentley's always been there when I've been in need — like when my mom lost her job during my first year. So being able to help now is very meaningful,” said Komar.
If you find yourself in an unexpected time of need, rest assured that the Bentley community will do its best to rally around you.
The Student Hardship Fund is intended to assist students with unforeseen costs that may arise because of hardship and exceed the standard costs of education. All applications to the Student Hardship Fund are reviewed in conjunction with information on file with the Office of Financial Assistance. Bentley students currently enrolled in at least one class at either the graduate or undergraduate level may apply for hardship funding for the semester in which they are enrolled. Requests for funding are generally approved for amounts up to $500, though in certain cases there may be some flexibility.
The following are examples of costs that may arise because of hardship while an enrolled student:
- Education resources (e.g., Internet access, laptop, e-text)
- Travel cost associated with personal or family emergency
- Unanticipated emergency health and medical costs not covered by insurance
- Utility or housing costs resulting from non-fault employment change
- Housing or food insecurity due to unplanned campus closure
The following are examples of costs not likely to be funded:
- Expected tuition, fees and standard living expenses
- Study abroad costs
- Expenses related to conferences and professional development
- Travel costs associated with field trips and other school-sponsored trips
- Non-essential expenses (e.g., library fines and gym membership)
- Parking tickets
- University housing/board/fees
A committee of Bentley faculty and staff, including representatives from the Division of Student Affairs, Financial Assistance, Office of the Controller and University Advancement, reviews each application and determines eligibility and funding. Decisions on applications should be available within approximately 10 business days and will be communicated to students through Bentley email.
Do you qualify for funding?
If you have questions about the Student Hardship Fund, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-891-2161 during business hours.