The spirit of community at SMFA exists whether we are together or apart. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty, staff, students, alumni, parents, and friends have all joined in caring for students’ needs, from physical and mental wellbeing, to unanticipated financial hardship, to minimizing academic disruption.
The needs of our students continue to evolve as the COVID-19 crisis affects more families. The SMFA community is also a family and committed to taking care of each other. There are big needs, but together we can meet the challenge. Here is where you can help the most:
Because of the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the economy, there will be an increased need for financial aid. Students and their families are navigating uncertain times, but this remains certain: SMFA at Tufts will continue to meet the full financial need of each of our undergraduate students. We are one of only approximately 70 universities and colleges in the United States that has made this kind of commitment.
Your gift to financial aid helps all our undergraduate students pursue their education with equal opportunity.
Faculty and staff are working around the clock so that our students continue to receive the education and mentorship that are at the core of our mission. Your support of the area of greatest need enables SMFA to adapt in these uncertain times. Your gift will go where it is needed most in the current moment, to respond as new challenges arise.
SMFA’s Unexpected Hardship Fund will be used to supplement federal assistance from the CARES Act. Your gift will support students with the highest need and those not covered by the CARES Act. You can help provide relief for emergency needs, including: medical co-pays and expenses that are higher away from campus; laptops, WIFI, routers, and noise-canceling headphones so students have a space at home conducive to learning; and offsetting the loss of campus job income for the summer.