Financial Support & Resources
WPI is a community that cares—in many, many ways. If you’re experiencing financial concerns or food insecurity, help is available. The Dean of Students office, the Office of Student Aid & Financial Literacy, the Division of Talent & Inclusion, and other partners can provide resources for students and employees, as well. Learn more about Emergency Assistance and Special Circumstances.
Help with Food Insecurity
Food insecurity is a concern in every community—including on college campuses. If you do not have enough food or you’re concerned about your food security, we can help in several ways. Contact us confidentially:
- Email email@example.com so we can learn about what you need and figure out how to help.
- Click here to apply to quickly get ten free meal swipes. You can also scan the code on posters all around campus.
- Get on the FreeFood@wpi.edu email list
If there’s food leftover after meetings or events on campus, come help yourself! We’ll email you (by bcc) the when and where. It’s a win-win: you get fed and the campus reduces food waste! Contact the Dean of Students office at firstname.lastname@example.org for help and to get added to the email list.
WPI & Flourish at Thrive Food Pantry
The DoughClub’s role on campus is to help solve food insecurity. Together with Thrive, we’ve opened a food pantry for WPI students and general community members. Learn about the students who helped make this a reality, and come check it out:
- 100 Grove St, Suite 108, next to The Fix Restaurant.
- The food pantry is currently open Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00am – 1:00pm.
- You’ll be asked to complete a simple one-time survey, and then you can take a bag and take the food you need.
Dean of Students Student Emergency Loan Fund
The Peter S. Hull Memorial Fund is administered by the Dean of Students Office and provides immediate short-term loans to WPI students in emergencies or unforeseen situations. Loans are generally in the amount of $25 - $300 and are expected to be repaid within 30 days. Students sign a promissory note committing to repayment, which allows the limited funds to stay in regular circulation, providing for a maximum number of loans to students in need.
Contact the Dean of Students Office staff at email@example.com for additional information.
Gapontsev Family Support Fund
In light of the current Ukrainian and Russian war, the Gapontsev Family Support Fund has been created to assist those impacted by this ongoing war. In addition to this, the WPI Student Disaster Relief Fund has also been created to assist those students impacted by other tragic events worldwide. These events have placed unexpected financial pressure on our students, some of whom now struggle to cover costs associated with an unexpected departure from campus; technology to support learning; loss of income from employment or family funding; the need for safe, secure temporary housing; and other consequences of the ongoing situation that impacts them personally. Apply here
The WPI Financial Assistance Fund
WPI has demonstrated multiple times that it is a community that cares. WPI offers financial resources to assist our WPI community members who encounter an unforeseen financial hardship, emergency or catastrophic event.
The number of people who can be assisted by the WPI Emergency Assistance Fund and the Student Elevation Fund are subject to the availability of funds. These funds are not intended to be used for routine expenses, or as a consistent supplement to an individual’s funding sources; individual Emergency Assistance Fund grants are generally capped at $1,000 each and Student Elevation Fund grants vary depending on need. Requests must be urgent and unexpected in nature.
Awards will be considered one-time distributions with no expectation of repayment. Amounts will be determined on a case by case basis. Representatives from the Dean of Students, Talent & Inclusion, University Advancement and/or our Student Aid and Financial Literacy offices will be coordinating these efforts.
Individuals must complete the Financial Assistance Fund Request form in order to be considered for funding.
Individuals may also be referred to other sources of assistance that may be more appropriate to their circumstances.