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ECE Student Emergency Support Fund

ECE Student Emergency Support Fund

The ECE Student Emergency Support Fund serves as an avenue of financial support for ECE students experiencing severe financial hardship. As we have limited funds, we strongly encourage students to first review other available resources to see if there are avenues of support that may better apply to a student’s situation.

Other Types of Aid

UW Emergency Aid Request –

UW Financial Aid Short-Term Loan Program –

UW Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards Scholarships Search –

Food Resources

Any Hungry Husky –

UW Food Pantry –

University District Food Bank –

Food Stamps – SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) – 

Technology Resources

Student Technology Loan Program (STLP) –

UW Libraries –

UW Surplus – (Often have a variety of electronics and technology accessories for sale)

City of Seattle Free and Discounted Devices –

City of Seattle Internet Access Resources –

Other Resources

Student Legal Services –

UW Medical and Dental Care –

UW Mental Health Resources –

UW Childcare Assistance Program –

Transportation Resources

UW Transportation Resources

U-PASS (All UW students who pay the Service & Activities Fee are members of the U-PASS program, which provides unlimited rides on regional buses, commuter trains, light rail and water taxis as well as full fare coverage on vanpools)

UW Transportation Services Resources for Students (Information and resources for getting to and from campus)

Possible Community Transportation Resources

Repair Revolution Monthly Hands-on Workshops – (Learn basic car care for a low cost, located in Seattle. Repair Revolution is a feminist, LGBTQ owned and operated, community driven auto repair shop. Payment plans available.)

Ride United Transportation Access (Free Lyft rides for those who meet the eligibility requirements)

Our Savior Lutheran Church (OSLC) Car Shop in Tacoma – (Free car repairs from certified mechanics and volunteers)


If the existing resources listed above are not an option or have already been exhausted, students may review the following process to request financial assistance through the ECE Student Emergency Support Fund.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering registered for the current quarter.
  • Funds requested may NOT be used for tuition and fees.
  • Requests MUST be for unexpected situations including, but not limited to, health care costs, car repairs, legal fees, travel for family emergencies, stolen goods, housing and food insecurity, etc.

Request Amounts

  • The Department has a limited amount of funds available each academic year on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The maximum amount a student can receive from this fund is $500 for the duration of their time in the department.

How to Apply:

PLEASE NOTE: Requests submitted during quarter breaks will not be reviewed until the start of the quarter. Please refer to the dates of instruction listed on the academic calendar to view the dates for quarter breaks.

  • Fill out this request form to provide the following information:
    • Full Name
    • Student ID Number
    • UW Email Address
    • Amount Requested
    • One paragraph explaining your current urgent financial need/unexpected situation and how you plan to use these funds (300 words or less). Please be as specific as possible.

What happens after you apply?

  • Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their request within approximately seven business days.
  • All notifications will be sent to your UW email address.
  • You are required to respond and confirm acceptance of any approved funds before they will be disbursed to you.

Other Important Information

  • Please note that receiving money from the ECE Student Emergency Support Fund may reduce your overall financial aid package. The Department will check with the Office of Financial Aid for all students who submit requests to do our best to check that if a request is approved, it will not negatively affect your current financial aid package.
  • You should sign up for direct deposit on MyUW to ensure faster delivery of any funds that are awarded to you. If direct deposit is not set up, funds will be mailed via check, which can take much longer to arrive. More information here.
  • For information regarding federal tax, review this website.