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During Difficult Times, Panthers Unite

The FIU community always comes together to lend a helping hand, especially when our students need us. We are committed to doing whatever we can to help them. The university has activated FIUstrong to help them due to the COVID-19 pandemic; private funds raised will fill the gap to meet needs not filled by the Higher Education Emergency Relief fund created by the recently passed federal CARES Act.

Help students in need

Students’ need for emergency aid escalates daily

FIU student Suelaymie Alexander has been out of work for weeks. She's worked in the restaurant industry for 17 years; but the COVID-19 pandemic has turned the industry upside down, and her current employer was forced to close its doors indefinitely. A single mother with two children at home – ages 3 and 6 – and financial concerns mounting higher each day, Alexander turned to FIU for relief. 

Alexander’s story is not an exception. Thousands of students have requested emergency assistance from the university as a result of the pandemic – students whose hours have been cut or who have been laid off, students who don’t know how they will afford rent this month, students who are caring for sick loved onesRead the full story.

From Our Students

"I was on the phone with FPL, as I had to pay an $800 bill. The cost has gone up so much due to running my parents' medical equipment at home. When they told me the total, I almost fainted. I went to go check how much is in my account, and that's when I saw FIU had deposited $1,000... and I began to cry! I did not have to worry about the electricity going out this month, and I truly felt blessed to be an FIU Panther!" –K. Garcia

"During the coronavirus, we had to shut down our business. Owning a new business and attending graduate school hasn't given us much room to save for emergencies. I am so grateful that FIU was able to help me when I was worried about the electric and rent being unpaid. I can't thank donors enough." –S. Richman

Funds Available Through FIUstrong

Panther Protection: FIU Paying it Forward

Panther Protection: FIU Paying it Forward assists students facing difficulties threatening to interrupt their education. Grants cover needs not covered by other resources, including tuition, temporary housing, living expenses, food and car repairs.

SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund

The SOBEWFF® & FIU Chaplin School Hospitality Industry Relief Fund is providing financial support to employees of independently owned and operated restaurants and bars in South Florida.