Sturm College of Law Student Emergency Relief Fund

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed significant financial hardships on law students across the nation, occasioned by loss of work, unanticipated expenses, and other unforeseen circumstances.  Catalyzed by a $25,000 gift from the AccessLex Institute, a $5,000 contribution from the Student Bar Association, and additional support from the Dean’s Office, the Sturm College of Law has created an emergency relief fund for students who are experiencing financial hardship related to COVID-19. 

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How the Fund Works

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to students

Grants of up to $1,000 are available to Sturm College of Law students for:

  • Food support
  • Emergency or temporary housing assistance, including aid with rent or utilities
  • Medical expenses related to COVID-19 not covered by insurance
  • Emergency transportation costs associated with a family death or illness
  • Access to technology resources necessary for student learning
  • Another emergency situation arising from the COVID-19 pandemic that, if unaddressed, would substantially impact a student’s well-being or studies  

Student applicants to the fund must have sought access to other possible resources and found them to be insufficient. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with decisions issued approximately two weeks after receipt of an application. Students can apply for assistance here

Student Application

Please be aware that all aid, including scholarships, loan funds, and student work awards, cannot exceed the annual cost of attendance (COA).  Students with questions about the implications of emergency relief on their aid packages are advised to consult with Jennifer Quinn, Director of Student Financial Management (


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Supporting Students

Individuals who wish to support the Sturm College of Law Student Emergency Relief Fund are invited to make a contribution at any level within their means. 

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University of Denver Student Assistance Fund

DU's campus wide student assistance fund

The University’s Student Assistance Fund (SAF) provides limited financial assistance to students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses occasioned by unanticipated circumstances.  Typical expenses covered by the SAF include emergency or temporary housing assistance, emergency medical care not covered by insurance, assistance with rent or utilities, and emergency transportation costs related to a family death or illness.

Student Application to SAF

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