LIFTFAR stands for Low-Income and First-in-Their-Family Assistance and Resources. While the College’s commitment to low-income and first-in-family students finds deepest expression in our financial aid policy, there are often needs that are felt in the regular flow of a student’s life which fall outside the parameters of overall financial aid packages. LIFTFAR aims to help fill these gaps.
Following the principle that every student should not merely graduate from Haverford but should thrive during their time here and beyond, LIFTFAR aims to make more accessible the extensive financial, educational, and social resources available on our campus. LIFTFAR will provide funding for incidental and unanticipated expenditures, both academic and non-academic in nature, that are not covered by a student’s financial aid award.
Where does the funding come from?
LIFTFAR is a community effort. A variety of campus offices and programs contribute to fund this program including the President’s Office, Dean’s Office, MSP, Student Life, and Institutional Advancement, which raised funds for LIFTFAR from Haverford’s community of alumni and friends.
How is the funding awarded?
LIFTFAR funding is awarded on a case by case basis, and factors that are considered include the student’s financial need, the nature of the funding request, and the availability of funding at the time the request is made. Funding may be approved either in full or in part, and most grants are expected to be under $300.
Please note that LIFTFAR may not be able to fulfill all requests.
What type of requests would be covered by LIFTFAR?
Academic-related expenses covered by LIFTFAR include, but are not limited to, funding for course materials or activities such as art supplies, music lessons, or field trip transportation. Please note that textbook expenses are not covered, as they are covered in financial aid packages.
Non-academic requests include, but are not limited to, expenses associated with emergency medical, dental, vision procedures, unanticipated trips home due to a family emergency, and various fees related to postgraduate opportunities (e.g., standardized testing and application fees, travel for interviews).
In order to support as many students as possible, multiple funding requests from a student in a given academic year and/or repeated requests for the same category of expenditure (such as repeated requests for airfare home) may not always be approved. LIFTFAR prioritizes singular, unanticipated expenditures over on-going, discretionary expenses (such as those associated with living off campus) and is intended for the sole, direct use of Haverford students - not relatives or third-parties. Any requests for funding associated with study abroad expenses will be considered in full consultation with the Study Abroad Office. Please note that unfortunately LIFTFAR cannot support expenditures for athletic gear as that is considered an impermissible benefit by the NCAA. In such cases, students are encouraged to discuss any financial challenges with their coach or the athletic director.
Other LIFTFAR Programs
In addition to providing direct funding to students, LIFTFAR will collaborate with campus offices to sponsor programs and initiatives that align with the mission of LIFTFAR, including the food pantry coordinated by Office of Multicultural Affairs for students staying on campus during college breaks.
Do I need to pay it back?
If approved, LIFTFAR funding does not need to be repaid.
Students should consult a tax professional to determine whether to report LIFTFAR funding to the IRS as taxable income.
How do I apply?
To apply for LIFTFAR funding, please submit the LIFTFAR APPLICATION. Because LIFTFAR is in its inaugural year, your application will help improve the application process for students in the future. Your application will be reviewed quickly and, if approved, funding can be processed in one to two weeks. You may be asked to provide follow up to your application either by email or in person.