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We are living through an unprecedented public health crisis. Like schools across the nation and the world, Catholic University has closed its residence halls and moved to online instruction. As the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak evolves, Catholic University takes proactive steps to protect faculty, staff, and students while maintaining the highest quality of education.

Since the pandemic first affected University operations, members of the University have generously offered to support students facing hardship because of the crisis. On April 1, 2020, we introduced the Light the Way Crisis Response Fund as part of our Founders Day celebration.

With the launch of this fund, we set an initial goal to raise $300,000. We are thankful to report that due to the outpouring of support received, we have surpassed our initial goal in just one week. While this is a great accomplishment, the full extent of student need from the pandemic proceeds to grow. Therefore, as long as requests from our students continue to come in, we will continue to ask for support from our Catholic University community. Our true goal is to help support every student experiencing hardship.

If you find yourself in a position to help, please support the Light the Way Crisis Response Fund. Make a gift today, and help us assist as many students as possible.

Supporting a variety of needs

The Light the Way Crisis Response Fund supports a variety of needs, including — but not limited to — the following: 

  • Time-sensitive student needs such as unexpected travel expenses, housing assistance, food expenses, extra medical costs, and technology needs for remote instruction
  • One-time, emergency tuition assistance for the 2020–2021 academic year for students undergoing significant financial hardship as a result of COVID-19 who are at risk for being unable to continue their studies
  • Increased costs to develop a fully integrated online instructional model

Give to the crisis response fund now.