COVID-19 Emergency Grant

Students wearing masks and studying
Submit your application by April 17, 2023 via the U of T Grant Application Portal

The Emergency Undergraduate Grant is intended to assist all undergraduate students who are directly impacted by COVID-19 and need immediate, short-term financial relief because of unexpected expenses. 


  • All undergraduate students (domestic, international, full-time and part-time) 

  • Based on need associated with an education program and unexpected critical costs including living costs, travel home, moving costs, and other extraordinary and reasonable needs. 

  • U of T students who are participating in the U of T At-Home quarantine program may request financial assistance to help offset the cost specific to the student’s mandatory quarantine. Students will be required to upload receipts for expenses paid as part of the COVID-19 Emergency Undergraduate Grant and must confirm they are currently registered at U of T for the upcoming term. The costs must be deemed reasonable as per the At Home program quarantine guidelines.

Please note that the grant is intended to provide financial relief but cannot cover expenses unrelated to COVID-19 and existing debt obligations or non-essential expenses. For example, outstanding tuition fees; request for summer tuition fees for courses taken elsewhere; support for partner or family expenses; expenses for MCAT courses; mortgage or maintenance fees for secondary residence or other discretionary expenses (e.g., missed car payment, gym membership). 


Before You Apply

  • Opt-in to the direct deposit option on ACORN by entering your personal Canadian bank information on ACORN under the direct deposit section. If you do not have direct deposit recorded, your payment will not be processed. 

  • If your Canadian bank account information is not available, a cheque will be mailed to your current Canadian mailing address on ACORN.

Processing Times

  • It will take approximately 4 business days to review your application. We are actively working to process applications carefully and as quickly as possible. However, due to the current volume, it may take longer than our estimated time. 

  • We will forward your application to U of T's Enrolment Services office. You will be notified of the decision on your grant applications within 2 business days of Enrolment Services receiving the application from our office.