Home > Giving > Student Emergency Relief Fund > Student Emergency Relief Fund Application

Student Emergency Relief Fund Application

Thank you for your interest in the COVID-19 Student Emergency Relief Fund. We received an overwhelming number of applications.  Due to limited funding currently, we are suspending the application submission and approval process.Once additional funding becomes available, we will reopen the submission and approval process. Please continue to monitor the website for updates.


COVID-19 Student Emergency Relief Fund

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, Delaware State University established the Student Emergency Relief Fund to assist students with short-term costs due to the closure of school. The Student Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) will support a student’s short term need, until all funds have been awarded, in the following areas:

  • IT/Technology (i.e. laptop, Wi-Fi hotspot, access code for e-book)
  • Housing/Rent
  • Food Insecurity
  • Transportation


The DSU Food Pantry will be open every Monday 10am-1pm and Wednesday 3pm-6pm for your food needs. We are located in the Price Building Room 104. As we continue to practice social distancing and for your safety and ours please email dsufoodpantry [at] desu.edu to schedule what time you will arrive to pick up your food items.

Student Relief Funding Availability

Delaware State University is committed to making the maximum amount of relief and support available to all students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently, there are several major relief options available to students:

  • CARES Act Relief Funds (Federal Funds)
  • COVID 19 Cost of Attendance Credits (Institutional housing and meals) applied to accounts in Spring 2020
  • COVID 19 Student Emergency Relief Fund (Institutional Donor Funds)
  • Thurgood Marshall College Fund | J.P Morgan Chase Student Emergency Fund

Students that received TMCF|JPMC funding are not eligible at this time to receive COVID 19 Student Emergency Relief Funds. Once all initial funding has been completed, Delaware State University will update additional funding opportunities.

For additional information on CARES Act Relief Funding consult the CARES Act Relief Fund FAQ. 

 Eligibility Guidelines

  • Be enrolled full-time as a freshman, sophomore, junior, senior undergraduate or graduate student at Delaware State University during the current academic semester. Please note: If you were a student and graduated, you are not eligible.
  • Complete the Emergency Student Relief Fund online application. 
  • After review and upon approval, students must write a thank you letter regarding how the funds will benefit them.
  • Students that receive the TMCF|JPMC funds are not eligible at this time to receive Student Emergency Relief funds.
  • Students that have graduated from DSU are not eligible at this time to receive Student Emergency Relief funds.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Will I receive the full amount requested?
    The amount requested might be different than what is awarded depending on available funds.
  2. Where do I send the thank you letter?
    The thank you letter will be required upon approval of application and should be sent to dsufoundation [at] desu.edu.
  3. When can I expect to receive approved funding?
    If approved, funds will be disbursed up to 10 business days after approval.  
  4. I was awarded SERF funding during the 1st round. Can I apply again. Yes, we are considering all student applicants during this round, including those previously awarded emergency relief funds.
  5. Is my previous application still on file? No, you must submit a new application to be considered for SERF.
  6. Can I apply multiple times for Emergency Relief support?
    Due to the high volume of requests, one application per student will be considered. If additional funding is available, students will be notified for additional rounds for application submissions. Please do not make duplicate submissions.

Direct additional questions to dsufoundation [at] desu.edu.