COVID-19 crisis renews call for support of student emergency fund

March 23, 2020 – The COVID-19 crisis and its many disruptions has prompted the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to renew its call for support of the UWRF Student Emergency Grant/Loan Program.

UW-River Falls Chancellor Dean Van Galen recently announced the university will offer alternative modes of delivery of instruction and services – such as online learning – through the end of the spring semester. The change presents some students with unforeseen and pressing financial challenges. Emergency grant/loan program funds can be used to help students offset a variety of unforeseen expenses such as:

  • Utilities, housing, rent
  • Food, medical and dental expenses
  • Educational-related expenses to facilitate new remote learning
  • Loss of employment income, both for students and their families

“We realize that our strategies moving forward may create unexpected financial challenges for our students,” said Chancellor Van Galen. “We ask our alumni, donors, friends and all members of the Falcon family to thoughtfully consider supporting our students through the emergency grant/loan program.”

Tax deductible contributions to the UWRF Foundation may be made to support the student emergency fund at

For more on how UWRF is meeting the challenges of the COVID-19 emergency, visit

For more information, contact Rick Foy, assistant chancellor for University Advancement, at 715-425-4291 or

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