Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) has started providing support for students who experience financial difficulties as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A special fund has been established for this purpose.
The fund aims to support university students and their families who experience financial difficulties because of the lockdown. The amount of support currently available in the fund is 100,000 euros.
The financial support is allocated for the students from the university’s own funds or collected by legal persons. Some of it was also acquired as support given in the form of 2 percent of the personal income tax.
Forms of financial support for those affected by COVID-19:
A university student who wishes to receive financial support related to COVID-19 has to submit a free-format request to the VMU Rector specifying a valid reason (situation) for allocation of financial support and present the documents that support it (their digital versions), as long as at least one of the following criteria is met:
Applications should be submitted by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org until the end of each month. At the beginning of each following month, decisions are made regarding the applications and each applicant is informed about this individually by e-mail.
The decision regarding allocation of support as well as its type and size is made by a special commission which takes into account the available amount of funds allocated for support related to COVID-19, the validity of the application, the situation’s compliance with the requirements, and other funds or support provided by the state, the university, or other natural or legal persons.
Other VMU support for students who experience difficulties related to COVID-19
We would like to remind you that, in order to reduce the negative impact of the lockdown, for the period from 1 April 2020 until 30 June 2020, Vytautas Magnus University already provides a 25 percent reduction of the accommodation fee for all VMU students who have signed an accommodation agreement with the university. More information available here.
Students who are unable to pay the accommodation fee because of difficult financial situation can postpone the payment until the cancellation of the lockdown in Lithuania (and pay it later in accordance with an individual payment schedule) or divide the due accommodation fee into multiple parts and pay a smaller amount (the remaining unpaid amount of the fee would be paid later in accordance with an individual payment schedule). Students who wish to submit such a request should send e-mail to email@example.com.
University may extend the deadline for the payment of the tuition fee or permit its payment in parts for the students who submit applications regarding the financial situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In such cases, the student has to write a motivated request addressed to rector, specifying the reasons why the university should permit him to pay the respective fee in parts, and submit the request to the dean of the faculty in which he is studying.