CEAS Financial Hardship Funding Policy

The College of Engineering and Applied Sciences Dean’s Office (CEAS) will consider requests for financial support due to unexpected hardship from currently enrolled students outside of the normal scholarship/fellowship award process.  Resources to support these requests are limited and this is not intended to be a regular avenue of support for students not awarded a scholarship or fellowship.  Funding of hardship requests is not guaranteed, and no more than one financial hardship request will be funded by the College for any CEAS student during their career at WMU

When submitting a financial hardship request, the requestor must explain what unexpected change in life circumstance lead to the financial shortfall (e.g., loss of a job/reduction in hours, injury/illness, vehicle repairs, etc.). Hardship requests should be based on financial emergencies, not a foreseeable shortfall in funds. The requestor must also itemize the expenses to be funded. Allowable expense categories are 1) course supplies (including books, online access codes, software, and other materials), and 2) WMU tuition and fees.  The requestor must identify their expected graduation date and outline their strategy for financing the remainder of their degree.  Requests may be funded in full, partially funded, or not funded.

Funding is prioritized for undergraduate students who have successfully completed at least 2/3 of their WMU CEAS degree program. Students must have a cumulative GPA over 2.0 to be eligible.  Students on academic probation of any type are not eligible to apply for funding. Students who have previously received a CEAS financial hardship award are not eligible to apply again. Most financial hardship awards are < $1,000, but other requests will be considered, if justified.

CEAS hardship funding requests should be made by submitting this completed form to the CEAS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs for consideration (Dr. Matthew Cavalli, matthew.cavalli@wmich.edu).


Last Updated: October 8, 2019