Emergency Student Assistance Fund

The UB School of Law Emergency Student Assistance Fund was created to help law students through emergencies that might otherwise disrupt a student’s progress towards earning their JD or LLM UB Law degree.

Established and currently maintained through the generous donations of students, faculty/staff, alumni, and the legal community, available funding may vary from year to year and person to person.

These funds offer temporary one-time financial assistance for immediate and current emergency situations. Emergencies involve circumstances beyond the student’s control such as: death in the family, accident, loss of property, loss of income, health emergency, or other unanticipated educational expenses. Students may only apply for funding once per academic year.

While Emergency Student Assistance funds might not be able to relieve your entire financial needs, we hope they can help reduce a portion of your monetary hardship. Please note that Emergency Student Assistance Funds cannot be utilized for tuition assistance.

To be considered for Emergency Student Assistance Funding, complete the Request for Funding form and submit the form with necessary documents via email (law-studentaffairs@buffalo.edu) to the Student Affairs Office.

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The Emergency Student Assistance Fund Review Committee will review your application and the Office for Student Affairs will communicate the decision to applicants.

*The University at Buffalo School of Law reserves the right to update this process without notice. Exceptions to these guidelines may be made at the discretion of the School of Law Office of Student Affairs.  Student’s Academic, financial and other relevant information may be used to determine eligibility. All applications will be treated as private and will be shared only on an as-needed basis.

Applying for Assistance:

Examples of situations where the Emergency Student Assistance Fund might be utilized:

  • Assistance with replacing textbooks that were lost, stolen, or damaged.
  • One-time assistance with utility bill  or other unexpected living expense.
  • Bus pass for students without reliable transportation to and from field placement locations.
  • Unanticipated field education expense (e.g. required subscription, parking costs beyond typically expected/budgeted for a particular program, etc.).
  • Other life emergencies leading to financial distress.

Please note the Emergency Student Assistance Fund cannot be utilized for tuition assistance.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding requesting funds, please contact Cheri Tubinis, Administrator for Student Affairs, at 716-645-6223 or law-studentaffairs@buffalo.edu.

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