Financial Aid

Emergency and other financial assistance

Students experiencing financial hardship should first contact the Financial Aid Office. Your counselor will work with you to understand more about your situation and determine the best available resource to meet your needs. If the nature of your financial challenge falls outside the scope of what financial aid is permitted to cover, you may be referred to the Reed Emergency Fund or the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund for assistance.

Please note: funds received from donation-based crowdfunding sources such as GoFundMe, mutual aid funds, student group funds (including SOS), or any other monetary gifts received from sources outside of Financial Aid or the Reed College Emergency Fund, can have an negative impact on aid eligibility going forward. Funds received from these sources must be reported on your CSS Profile and FAFSA as “money received or paid on your behalf” and could reduce or eliminate your eligibility for certain types of federal aid. 

Tax liability is something else you should consider. While In general, money received through crowdfunding  sources are considered to be gifts and not taxable, there are numerous circumstances to take into consideration when accepting these types of funds and we recommend you consult a tax professional to make sure you fully understand any potential tax implications.

CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund

Reed College has received funding through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) authorized by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to provide direct emergency payments to eligible students (FAFSA filers) with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic. Eligible students who do not qualify for an automatic payment (i.e, do not receive Federal Pell or need-based Reed grant) who have unexpected expenses related to campus disruptions due to COVID-19 may apply for funding by completing this form.

Reed Emergency Fund

The Reed Emergency fund is a limited resource available to students who have short-term or one-time needs that are deemed immediately vital to the personal health or academic well-being of the student. Priority is given to students with financial need who have exhausted all forms of financial aid. Complete this form to request funding.

Reed Emergency Loan

The Reed Emergency Loan serves students who are experiencing financial hardship and are unable to receive assistance from their parents or family members on an emergency short-term basis; typically limited to $500 or less and must be repaid by the end of the semester in which the loan is made. Students should contact Sara Rosenberger in the Business Office for more details.

Thesis Printing Cost Reimbursement

Thesis printing cost reimbursement up to $125 is available to Pell eligible domestic students and international students with similar family contributions. Complete this form to request reimbursement.