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COVID-19 HARDSHIP FUND

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Vermont Law School is launching the COVID-19 Hardship Fund to provide emergency financial support to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff who may be experiencing unexpected hardship due to the effects of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information on the fund and the online application process, please view the following list of FAQs.

To make a gift online, please click here and select the COVID-19 Hardship Fund designation.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff may apply for funds when they have exhausted all other resources.

The COVID-19 Hardship Fund (FUND) will cover expenses such as:

  • Basic needs (i.e., food)
  • Computer equipment/upgrades for online learning
  • Alternative housing options if roommate is ill
  • Moving expenses
  • Work study fund replacement
  • Medical expenses
  • Insurance copays (if high deductible)
  • Gas to go to doctor’s appointments
  • Flight change fees
  • Travel costs related to a death or illness in the immediate family
  • Loss of income due to partner’s loss of work

 

The FUND will not cover expenses such as:

  • Non-essential utilities (i.e., cable), household items, or furniture
  • Costs for entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel, or other non-essential expenses

 

DONATING TO THE HARDSHIP FUND

 

  • Gifts can be made online by clicking here and selecting the COVID-19 Hardship Fund designation.
    Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted via our secure giving site.
  • Checks made payable to Vermont Law School can be mailed to the below address. Please specify the COVID-19 Hardship Fund on the memo line of your check.
    Vermont Law School
    Offices for Alumni Relations and Development
    PO Box 26
    South Royalton, VT 05068
  • To make a credit card payment by phone, call 802-831-1312. Please note that our staff is currently working remotely, so please leave a message with your name and phone number and we will return your call as soon as possible. Our staff continues to monitor messages during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.).

 

Please contact Brooke Herndon, Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development at bherndon@vermontlaw.edu or 802-831-1078.

Yes, gifts to the COVID-19 Hardship Fund are 100% tax-deductible.

APPLICATION PROCESS

For students:
Students who are in need of funds should submit an online application and supporting documentation by clicking here. The FUND Committee — made up of staff members from both the Office of the Dean of Students and Financial Aid Office — reviews the submitted applications and determines the appropriate funding amount.

For faculty and staff:
Faculty and staff who are in need of funds should submit an online application and supporting documentation by clicking here. The FUND Committee — made up of staff members from both the Office of Human Resources and Senior Deans — reviews the submitted applications and determines the appropriate funding amount.

Funds distributed do not exceed $1,000 per individual request.

If funds are granted, you will be notified of the amount and, depending on the request, how the funds will be distributed via email within a week of submitting your application. Students will receive this message from the Office of the Dean of Students; faculty and staff will be contacted by the Office of Human Resources.

Yes, but requests for additional funding will be contingent upon availability of funds.

For students:
For financial aid purposes, students who are receiving federal aid for the spring or summer semesters will have their Hardship Fund included as part of their financial aid package. If, after applying those funds to the student’s account, it creates a credit balance, the student will be issued a check for that amount. If the student owes a balance, or has maxed out their total financial aid eligibility for the semester, the funds may be applied towards that balance and/or a portion of their loan funds may be returned to the Department of Education, reducing their overall loan debt in lieu of a check being sent directly to the student.

For faculty and staff:
Faculty and staff do not need to report these funds as income.

Students should contact Associate Dean Jefferson at sjefferson@vermontlaw.edu or 802-831-1333.

Faculty and staff should contact Betsy Erwin, Director of Human Resources, at berwin@vermontlaw.edu or 802-831-1225.