Katherine Lane | August 4, 2020
In May, the Department of Development established the Student Emergency Relief Fund (SERF) in response to the University’s promise to students and their families that additional financial need, caused by the coronavirus pandemic, would be met in full. University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., shared, “We are committed to all Notre Dame students and their families. We want to assure them that no students will fail to graduate due to financial distress. No matter how difficult things get financially, we seek to leave no student behind.”
The projected financial commitment required to fulfill this promise is dramatic. The University anticipates spending $25 to $30 million more in financial aid for the 2020-21 academic year than during 2019-20. Forecasts predict current students receiving financial aid will need additional assistance, and as many as 500 students who had not previously received financial aid will need it. In addition, the incoming class of first-year students, with parents who are now unemployed and/or furloughed, will need support.
The outpouring of support for SERF has been overwhelming. To date, 6,200+ donors have contributed a total of more than $8.4 million to the fund. Donors include over 200 University employees who have made gifts as well as the executive officers, deans, vice presidents, and leaders in the Athletic Department who have agreed to take salary reductions and/or have made contributions to SERF.
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