March 11, 2021
Dear Graduate Students,
We are writing to draw your attention to updates to COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in the State of New Jersey and to updates to our eligibility guidelines for COVID-19 hardship funding.
Governor Phil Murphy recently announced an additional expansion of vaccine eligibility to include everyone 16 and older in New Jersey as of Monday, April 19th. We encourage all students to register with New Jersey’s Vaccine Scheduling System if you have yet to do so.
In connection with recent expansions to vaccine eligibility, we have expanded our COVID-19 hardship funding guidelines to help cover transportation costs related to obtaining the vaccine (including rental car and ride sharing service costs). All enrolled graduate students with financial need who are suffering hardship related to COVID-19 may continue to apply to this emergency fund administered by the Graduate School.
We want to remind you that the fund is also able to help with unexpected costs for computer equipment and other technology that you need in these challenging circumstances for your coursework, teaching, or research. Additionally, the fund can help with travel costs for students who will be returning to the area for the coming academic year after an absence related to COVID-19.
To date, the fund has helped to cover costs related to research changes, teaching/computer supplies, storage fees, travel/relocation, household supplies (i.e. masks, cleaning supplies, etc.), and food insecurity.
The Graduate School COVID-19 hardship application can be found here. Please note: These funds are intended for emergency or unexpected costs related to COVID-19, and are not intended to cover costs that would otherwise have been incurred, such as tuition and fees, regular rent, planned travel, etc.
If you have any questions regarding hardship funds, please contact Sarah Mullins at email@example.com.
Office of the Dean of the Graduate School
Clio Hall, Princeton, NJ 08544