Student Emergency Fund


The Student Emergency Fund provides direct, immediate support to Berkeley students who are experiencing unforeseen difficulties — including job loss or fewer resources to cover their personal and academic expenses — as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. To ensure the maximum number of students finish their Berkeley education, alumna Kathy Kwan B.S. ’87, M.B.A./M.P.H. ’93 has committed $1 million to emergency needs and has challenged the Berkeley community to build upon her generosity. We're aiming to raise $1 million for the Student Emergency Fund to meet that challenge.

Gifts to this fund support resources such as:

  • Relocating students
  • Housing expenses
  • Food
  • Essential items like household goods, clothing, and books
  • Technology solutions for remote learning

Join alumni, parents, and friends in deepening the resources we can provide our students to ensure they will stay on track with their academic and career goals.

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For questions about the Student Emergency Fund, contact

To support research and other student needs that have arisen during the pandemic, visit the COVID-19 Giving Hub.