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Kline School of Law Student Emergency Fund (LSEF)

The Kline School of Law Student Emergency Fund (LSEF) was established to support students who need immediate financial assistance due to emergency expenses. The LSEF is designed to provide one-time funding for temporary hardships such as accidents, illness, death of a family member, or natural disasters. Our goal is to help students during an emergent time of need to continue their education at the Kline School of Law and make progress towards a degree. 

These funds are not designed to be used for routine expenses or as a supplement to a student’s educational funding sources. Requests must be urgent in nature and are not meant to cover costs typically addressed by financial aid. An event or unforeseeable circumstance must be the cause of the hardship in order to be eligible for student emergency funds. 

Funding is limited to a one-time grant of up to $500 per student, which will be made payable directly to the student. Students must be enrolled in Direct Deposit. Money received from the LSEF does not have to be repaid by the student. 

Please note that the law school may not be able to fulfill and/or approve all requests, as funds are limited. 


In order to be considered for emergency funding, the following criteria must be met: 

  • Applicant must be a currently enrolled student at Drexel University Kline School of Law. 
  • Applicant must have an immediate financial hardship resulting from an emergency, accident, or other unexpected critical incidents. 
  • Applicant must have submitted a Law Student Emergency Fund application. 
  • Applicant cannot have previously received funding from the Law Student Emergency Fund. 
  • Applicant must be enrolled in Direct Deposit for refunds for funds to be expedited. 

Priority will be given to students whose tenure at the Kline School of Law may be at risk because of unexpected expenses. 

Expenses Covered by LSEF

The following are lists of the eligible and ineligible expenses for which students can request assistance to help cover. Please note that neither list is exhaustive. 

Eligible Expenses Ineligible Expenses
Replacement of crucial educational supplies or temporary housing needs, due to fire, theft, natural disaster, or other unforeseen hazards Tuition, fees, and health insurance
Access to WiFi for learning Non-essential utilities (i.e. cable) or housing/furniture costs not related to damage or theft
Medications and additional expenses related to emergency medical care Parking tickets 
Safety needs (i.e. changing a lock) Entertainment, recreation, non-emergency travel, or other non-essential expenses
One-time assistance for cancelled employment or co-ops Other anticipated expenses
Travel costs related to death, crisis, or illness in the immediate family Bar application fees, bar review tuition, nor post-graduation living expenses. Students should contact Mary deRivera in the Financial Aid Office for information on bar study loans.
Sudden loss resulting in lack of funds for food or basic living expenses  

Supporting student well-being and success is our primary concern. Students are encouraged to ask for what you need, and we ask that you understand that our ability to meet students’ needs depends on everyone asking only for what they need. 

Any students who would like to apply for emergency funding can submit their request through the link below. Students should provide as many details regarding their circumstances via the application. 

Apply for Emergency Funding  

All requests for Student Emergency Funds are vetted through the review committee and decisions are rendered within 5 business days. Students are notified via their Drexel email regarding the committee’s decision. 

LSEF Review Committee Members 

  • Kevin Oates, Senior Associate Dean of Students and Administration 
  • Danielle Boardley, Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Student Belonging 
  • Zhiying Feng, Director of Finance and Budget 
  • Mary de Rivera, Manager, Law School Financial Aid Office