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COVID-19 Relief Grant for Students

Apr 8, 2020

Dear Pacific Community,

The Board of Regents and university leaders understand how disruptive the COVID-19 pandemic has been in the lives of many of our students and families. We are focused on helping provide the support and resources they need to succeed. One of our most important considerations has been how we can help ease the significant financial burdens many of our students and families may be facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, I am pleased to announce that in a special meeting this week, the Board of Regents unanimously approved new funding to assist students so that they can focus on pursuing their degree programs.

University of the Pacific's COVID-19 Relief Grant will provide the following financial support:

  • For undergraduates, a $1,450 annual tuition grant for returning and new students who are enrolled in full-time degree programs. Eligible undergraduate students will receive the annual grant each year of their enrollment for up to eight consecutive semesters based on their class year. For example, a freshman entering in fall 2020 would receive grant funds for a maximum of eight consecutive semesters. Eligible transfer students will receive the grant for four to six semesters depending on whether they entered as juniors or sophomores.
  • $400,000 in need-based aid for eligible graduate, dental, law and pharmacy students experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19.
  • Grant program details for undergraduate, graduate and professional students are available in this FAQ.

The strength of our community of students, faculty and staff rests in the ways we care for each other and our ability to grow stronger through adversity. In that spirit, undergraduate students who do not need to take advantage of the relief grant may elect to waive the grant, thus making it available to supplement grants to students with greater need.

The board will continue to receive regular COVID-19 updates from Interim President Pallavicini. While we have a regularly scheduled board meeting on April 23 and 24, the board will convene prior as needed.

The achievements of Pacific's students are one of our greatest points of pride. The board will continue to support our Pacific community.

Kevin Huber, ’86
Chair, Board of Regents