Category: Messages to the Community

Title: COVID-19 Pandemic Response Funding for Graduate and Professional Students

Date Published: June 4, 2021

Dear Graduate Students,

In order to address the continued needs of students during the COVID-19 pandemic, I am writing to provide updates about funding resources available to students experiencing financial hardship during this time.

As you may know, the federal government has responded by providing a third round of financial support to students and institutions of higher education within the American Rescue Plan (ARP). This legislation, and the accompanying regulations issued by the Department of Education on May 11, directs Georgetown to allocate $8,372,270 to students in emergency financial aid grants.

Georgetown has decided to split this allocation evenly between undergraduate and graduate students. Given this recent allocation, the University will immediately disburse another round of relief grants to graduate and professional students on the Main and Medical campuses with exceptional financial need. The Law Center and School of Medicine will proceed to make awards through their emergency funding committees and will make separate announcements.

Over 2,700 Georgetown graduate and professional students on the Main and Medical Campuses with financial need will receive grants through this action. For graduate and professional students, grants will range between $500 and $1,500, based on enrollment status (full-time or less than full-time) and student financial information about need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Services.

Eligible students will receive a separate email from the University later today and do not need to take any action at this time to receive the funds, other than reviewing their direct deposit and permanent address information.

Additional information about the upcoming round of student grants is available via a set of Frequently Asked Questions. Students with questions regarding these grants can contact

As we all adapt to the new and ongoing stresses of the pandemic, we hope that you continue to find support in the Georgetown community.


Alexander Sens
Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences