The GSU We Care Fund provides limited emergency financial support to Governors State University students who are unable to meet essential educational expenses due to a temporary or unexpected hardship. Priority funding is for students with an outstanding or current student account balance that inhibits their ability to maintain enrollment.

Distributed funds depend upon the individual situation of each student and the demonstrated need. We Care funds are applied directly to a student's account. The fund is typically awarded only once and does not need to be repaid.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Degree-seeking students who are enrolled in courses during the semester in which the funds are being requested.
  • Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Students must provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship.
  • All other financial resources, including student loans, have been exhausted or are insufficient or unavailable.*

Examples of Educational Expenses

  • Tuition and Fees
  • University Housing
  • Meal Plan
  • Textbooks and Course Materials

Request Assistance

For assistance, please email Dean of Students or call 708.235.7595. A staff member will be able to discuss your specific circumstances and collect supporting documentation. Requests will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

*Contact the Office for Financial Aid directly at so that they can assist you with financing your education and other related expenses. If you have not already, you are strongly encouraged to complete the FAFSA online at using GSU’s school code 009145.