University initiates fundraising program for student relief

Released 4/21/20

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is introducing a supplemental relief fund to support university students dealing with financial challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Called the Illinois CARES: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund, the effort is part of the initiative announced by the University of Illinois System last week, the Students FIRST: COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

All students can request emergency funding beginning immediately. The Illinois CARES: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund will help defray tuition, housing and other costs for undergraduate and graduate students experiencing unexpected shortfalls due to COVID-19 – both for current needs and for the upcoming academic year.

“Over the course of more than 150 years, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has grown to become synonymous with a world-class education,” said Chancellor Robert Jones. “We are at a juncture where, through no fault of their own, some of these incredible students may find additional financial hurdles in their pursuit of an Illinois education.”

The Illinois Cares: COVID-19 Support Program is being funded by the federal CARES Act, the university and through contributions from donors and friends.

“By participating in the Illinois CARES: COVID-19 Emergency Support Fund, our amazing alumni and friends can provide assistance to students who need it the most,” said Barry Benson, vice chancellor for advancement.

Anyone interested in contributing to the fund may visit the site

Editor’s note: For more information, contact Robin Kaler, associate chancellor for public affairs, 217-333-5010,