Financial support, by the numbers.

Last month, IGNITE announced it’s Emergency Financial Relief Fund (EFRF) for domestic and international students directly affected by COVID-19.

IGNITE allocated $250,000 to ease the hardships many students are facing during this difficult time.

With support from Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber, IGNITE worked tirelessly to get the program up and running in a matter of days. But the help didn’t stop there—Humber dedicated an additional $800,000 in emergency funding, bringing the total amount available to students to over $1.1M.

Between March 25 and April 3, IGNITE, through Humber, distributed $636,620 for students. Applications are still coming in.

Here’s how much we’ve allocated so far:

The total amount of ask from students | $11,905,893.20

Funding allocated between March 25 – April 3 | $636,620

Number of applications to date | 3,437

Number of students funded | 1,032

What is being funded most | Housing

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Domestic and international student breakdown:

Domestic:

1,825 applications total

  • 451 awarded
  • Housing 6:1 ratio over the next highest area of need

International:

1,593 applications total

  • 581 awarded
  • Housing 25:1 ratio over the next highest area of need

Needs breakdown

Here’s what students said is costing them the most financial hardship:

During this difficult time, IGNITE is doing everything in its power to financially support students.

How can I apply?

Applications for the EFRF are still open. If you are a Humber or UofGH student registered in a program leading to a Diploma, Degree, or an Ontario College Certificate, we encourage you to apply.

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.