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Eligibility Requirements for Award

An applicant must be enrolled at the LSU Law Center during the semester when the emergency funds are requested and have a temporary financial hardship as explained elsewhere in this policy. In the event that a student’s family is impacted by the emergency and the student is reliant on the family for income, the student’s family situation may also be considered as decisions are made for funding.

The applicant must be able to provide appropriate documentation of the financial hardship and expenses. See examples below.

Definition of Hardship for Student Emergency Relief (including, but not limited to)

  • Immediate need for food and necessities to continue your educational program
  • Immediate need for temporary housing due to disaster or emergency
  • Immediate medical emergency, including medication or treatment
  • Immediate travel emergency and associated needs
  • Replacing essential personal or educational belongings due to natural disaster, fire, theft or other unforeseen circumstance
  • Costs related to death or serious illness in the immediate family
  • Personal safety needs (e.g., to change a lock)
  • Transportation needs affecting the student’s education
  • The expense(s) must be unexpected, unforeseen, and the urgent nature unavoidable.

Supporting Documentation (including, but not limited to)

  • Emergency medical bills
  • Financial information, i.e., monthly bills for rent, food, utilities, etc.
  • Documentary evidence (photographs or videos)
  • Receipts for mileage costs or other travel costs
  • Email correspondence related to your emergency situation
  • Letters of support (usually witnesses of your need)
  • Other documentation to substantiate the urgent necessity for funding.

    Supporting Documents are to be uploaded via a DocuSign form, referenced on the online application. Please redact sensitive account numbers prior to uploading documents.

Examples of Emergency Needs Specific to the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Funds necessary to ensure internet access in a place with the conditions necessary for learning through the end of Spring 2020 Semester
  • Sudden loss of income resulting in lack of funds for food, a meal plan, or basic living expenses
  • Disability-related evaluation expenses for reasonable academic accommodations
  • Emergency travel home for illness or bereavement in the immediate family
  • Medical/healthcare expenses not covered by insurance plan
  • Housing displacement due to unsafe, unhealthy, or unpredictable living conditions
  • Temporary loss of student’s job or jobs and/or job-search-related expenses.