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Law Student Emergency Fund

The Law Student Emergency Fund provides limited financial assistance to enrolled law students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an emergency.

Types of Expenses that May Be Covered 

A range of circumstances may result in financial hardships. Typical expenses covered include, but are not limited to: 

  • Healthcare related costs.
  • Costs to reliably access the internet, purchase a computer, or for other technology or supplies necessary for learning.
  • Expenses associated with the illness or death of a family member, including emergency travel.
  • Replacement of essential personal belongings due to emergent, unforeseen circumstance.
  • Other sudden, unexpected financial needs.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered for emergency funds applicants must: 

  • Be enrolled in a Richmond Law degree program for the term in which the emergency aid is being requested.
  • Have temporary financial hardship resulting from an emergency situation.
  • As requested, be able to provide sufficient documentation of financial hardship.

The Application Process

The Richmond Law Student Emergency Fund Application below must be completed and submitted by the student. The Associate Dean of Students will review submitted applications and coordinate decision-making with the Financial Aid Office.

Applicants may be required to provide additional information or take further steps as part of the application review. Existing financial aid is considered in determining any award amount, and unwillingness to take out loans may not constitute an emergency. While we attempt to support as many students as possible with emergency funding, we are not able to grant every request or, in some cases, offer the full amount requested.

This fund exists to support students in their time of need, so you are encouraged to apply if you are experiencing an emergency. You are also welcome to contact the law school’s Associate Dean of Students (Alex Sklut, asklut@richmond.edu) if you have any questions about your eligibility for emergency funds or need assistance accessing other resources.