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Nipissing University establishes student emergency fund for students in need

'The Student Emergency Fund provides another vehicle to help students navigate through this challenging time, enabling them to focus on their studies and overall wellbeing'
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The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in financial hardship for many and university students are no exception, so Nipissing University has launched a new Student Emergency Fund to provide urgent financial assistance to students unable to cover immediate, essential expenses as a result of the crisis.

“The current pandemic has caused significant upheaval for many of our students and has impacted some students’ ability to meet their basic needs,” said Dr. Mike DeGagné, President of Nipissing University. "Nipissing University is ranked as one of the top undergraduate universities in Canada for our exceptional student support services and the establishment of the Student Emergency Fund is another example of how our Lakers community supports one another in times of crisis, and keeps students at the heart of what we do.”

The Student Emergency Fund will assist students with a variety of expenses spanning everything from food, housing and utilities to transportation, clothing and medical expenses.  The fund will continue to be a resource for students in need beyond the lifetime of the pandemic.

“The Student Emergency Fund will provide welcome relief to those students who find themselves in particularly challenging circumstances and who would benefit from financial support to ensure their continued success," said Dr. Casey Phillips, Assistant Vice-President, Students, Nipissing University. “With lost jobs and reduced income, we don’t want students to have to make difficult decisions about their education as a result of this unprecedented situation. Providing urgent financial aid is critical and we are seeking support from our extended Lakers community to assist with this goal.”

The fund has been established with funding from donors, with the Nipissing University Alumni Advisory Board acknowledging the importance of the fund with an initial commitment of $100,000.

"As alumni of the University, the Board is committed to supporting students and is empathetic to the added stress, disappointment and financial hardship they are enduring,” said Mitchell Crown, Vice-President, Nipissing University Alumni Advisory Board. “We felt that there was no better way to support our future alumni than to contribute to the Student Emergency Fund to ensure that this unique set of circumstances doesn't hold anyone back from reaching their goals.  We hope this contribution inspires others in our Lakers community to contribute if they are able to do so.”

The new fund was also welcome news to the Nipissing University Student Union (NUSU)

“The Student Emergency Fund provides another vehicle to help students navigate through this challenging time, enabling them to focus on their studies and overall wellbeing,” said Hannah Mackie, President, NUSU. “We are grateful for the university community’s support in addressing the unique and significant challenges currently facing students.”

Students seeking relief through the Student Emergency Fund should fill out an online application at A joint committee of staff from Student Development and Services and Financial Aid will review the student applications to determine the extent of financial need and funding will be allocated accordingly. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

To learn more about the Student Emergency Fund and to donate, visit: