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9/11 Benefits for Students

The collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11 released a cloud of dust that blanketed Lower Manhattan, exposing everyone in the area to toxins for months after the attacks. As such, benefits under the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) are widely available to anyone who lived, worked, or studied within the NYC exposure zone, including students of all educational institutions within the zone. These men and women may be eligible for benefits due to health conditions and diseases that may have developed as a result of breathing in the debris toxins for an extended period of time. A 9/11 lawyer at our firm can help students who were near Ground Zero in the aftermath of September 11th.

New York Student Eligibility for 9/11 Benefits

VCF benefits are available to anyone present within the NYC exposure zone (generally Lower Manhattan below Canal Street) between September 11, 2001, and May 30, 2002, including presence at a school or other educational institution. There is no minimum amount of time an individual needed to be present at the site for the purposes of confirming presence. Any student who studied within the NYC Exposure Zone and who has a qualifying condition may be eligible for VCF benefits on the same basis as other survivors and first responders. 

Schools Within the NYC Exposure Zone

Schools that were in session in the NYC Exposure Zone during the relevant timeframe include: 

  • P.S. 001 Alfred E. Smith
  • P.S. 89 Liberty 
  • P.S. 124 Yung Wing Elementary School
  • P.S. 126 Jacob August Riis
  • P.S. 150 Tribeca Learning Center
  • P.S. 234 Independence School
  • P.S./I.S. 234 Battery Park City School
  • P.S. 397 Spruce Street School
  • I.S. 289 Hudson River Middle School
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College
  • Church Street School of Music and Art
  • German School Manhattan 
  • High School of Economics & Finance
  • Leadership and Public Service High School
  • Léman Manhattan Preparatory School 
  • Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers
  • New York Law School
  • Pace High School
  • Pace University 
  • Stuyvesant High School
  • TriBeCa Community School 

A 9/11 Lawyer Can Help You Prove Your Presence as a Student

The VCF allows claimants to submit several types of evidence to confirm their presence at a 9/11-related site. Students who attended school in the NYC Exposure Zone may use the following documents to do so: 

Students who cannot produce any of the above evidence may also testify regarding their presence at an appeal hearing. 

Start Your VCF Claim With an Experienced 9/11 Lawyer

If you attended school in Lower Manhattan in the aftermath of 9/11 and suffer a 9/11-related health condition, you may be entitled to VCF benefits. For more information, please contact a 9/11 lawyer at Pitta & Baione by using our online contact form or by calling us at 844-982-2667.

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