VCF Eligibility for Downtown Manhattan Students

Were You Attending School in Lower Manhattan Between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002?

The September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF) provides tax-free awards to students who attended school south of Canal Street from September 11, 2001 to May 30, 2002, and who now or since then have been diagnosed with cancer, any breathing disorders, or digestive problems.

Our 9/11 lawyers at Hansen & Rosasco, LLP have represented many students. At first, many students do not even know they were eligible for VCF cancer payouts or awards of any kind from the VCF. This includes students who were attending either Downtown Manhattan schools or universities. 

We won $872,000 in a VCF cancer payout for a student who had been attending New York University at the time of the 9/11 attacks.

Our Case Results

Downtown Manhattan Student Resumes Classes After 9/11

This student resumed class sessions, after having been told it was safe to return to school. Unfortunately, years later, our client was diagnosed with rectal cancer caused by the exposure to various dust and toxins (including asbestos) in the air after 9/11.

These kinds of cases are unfortunately becoming more common, as time passes and illnesses among the wide population of students who were exposed increases. 

Downtown Manhattan Schools and Universities Covered Through the Victim Compensation Fund include: 

  • P.S. 001 Alfred E. Smith 
  • P.S. M004
  • P.S. 89 Liberty 
  • P.S. 126 Jacob August Riis 
  • P.S. 150 TriBeCa Learning Center 
  • P.S. 234 Independence School 
  • P.S./I.S. 276 Battery Park City School 
  • P.S. 397 Spruce Street School 
  • I.S. 289 Hudson River Middle School 
  • Borough of Manhattan Community College – BMCC 
  • Church Street School for Music and Art 
  • German School Manhattan 
  • High School of Economics & Finance 
  • Leadership & Public Service High School 
  • Leman Manhattan Preparatory School 
  • Montessori School Manhattan 
  • New York Law School 
  • PACE High School 
  • Pace University 
  • School for Young Performers 
  • Stuyvesant High School 
  • TribeCa Community School

Hansen & Rosasco, LLP Represents Students Impacted by 9/11

Were you a student or teacher who attended any of the schools listed above between September 11, 2001 and May 30, 2002? If so, contact us today. When we start filing your claim with the VCF, you will need to acquire documents to prove your presence in the NYC “Exposure Zone” during this time period.

See our Proof of Presence page here for more information. Our team of experienced 9/11 Zadroga Act lawyers will help you gather and prepare all the necessary affidavits and other documents for a successful VCF claim and WTCHP application.

Compensation for Lower Manhattan Students

If you were a student on or after 9/11, or have a family member who was, and have become ill due to exposure to asbestos and other dust and toxins that was in the air, please call our 9/11 lawyers at 800-887-7299 or fill out a contact form here to get your FREE claim evaluation.

 We will make sure you receive the VCF cancer payouts and other awards that you deserve.



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I would like to say thank you for the superior customer service that I received from the minute I sat down for my consultation regarding my 911 Victim Compensation Fund case I initially met with the Mr. Hansen who is awesome. I was also lucky to met Mr. Rosasco. They treated me like family and placed me in the good hands of Ms. Sidrah Syed,Esq. Ms. Syed is extremely dedicated , knowledgeable and kept me updated through each step of the process. I am extremely please on how my case handled and very lucky to have her working on my behalf. God Bless you and your law firm for all that you have done for 911 Survivors.” -Jeff F.

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Have questions about the 9/11 VCF?

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