Health & Wellness
IGNITE announces Emergency Financial Relief Fund for students affected by COVID-19
by Alena Blanes | March 23, 2020

Financial support when you need it most.

Students are distressed. IGNITE is here to help.

Amid the global COVID-19 pandemic, some students are in financial jeopardy. 

IGNITE is here to support them with $250,000 allocated toward the Emergency Financial Relief Fund (EFRE) for domestic and international students directly affected by COVID-19.

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IGNITE’s Emergency Financial Relief Fund is designed to ease hardships many students are facing as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

IGNITE had unwavering support from Humber College and the Univeristy of Guelph-Humber, who helped to get this program up and running for students in such a short period of time.

Am I eligible? 

Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber students who are financially affected by COVID-19 are eligible to apply. Please note students must be registered in a program leading to a Diploma, Degree, or an Ontario College Certificate to be eligible.

Examples of areas of financial need may include: 

  • Lease/residence extensions due to inability to travel (international students, out of province students)
  • Living expenses
  • Additional travel expenses
  • Child care costs
  • Medical supplies

When and how can I apply?

The EFRF is currently available for all domestic and international students who are registered in a program leading to a Diploma, Degree, or an Ontario College Certificate.

For Humber students:

To apply, please email finaid@humber.ca and outline the basis of your financial need. 

You will be asked to complete a budget form and write a short statement on how the COVID-19 situation is affecting your finances. 

For Guelph-Humber students: 

To apply, please email finaid@guelphhumber.ca and outline the basis of your financial need. 

You will be asked to complete a budget form and write a short statement on how the COVID-19 situation is affecting your finances. 

What else should I know?

How does it work? 

Funds are allocated on a case-by-case basis.

Factors include expenses, income, family support, academic standing, part-time employment opportunities, and personal circumstances.

How is my amount selected? 

The amounts awarded are based on individual needs and requests.

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It’s a difficult time for all of us. In these unprecedented circumstances, IGNITE is committed to doing everything in its power to support the Humber and UofGH community. 


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