The University disbursed more than $13 million in aid to students throughout the month of February from its share of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III.
Funds awarded under this program include an allocation of over $2 million of funds originally designated for institutional needs. These payments brought the total pandemic relief aid provided to students since spring 2020 to more than $60 million. Funds were awarded to the students with the greatest individual need after review of current available financial aid and payment information.
In addition, the University has also expended a significant portion of federal relief aid to protect the campus community against COVID-19 and support student success, including purchasing protective equipment and advanced air filters, upgrading technology, hiring additional tutors and success coaches, expanding access to mental health services, and providing ongoing support for the University Health Center in its pandemic response efforts.
“Many of our students continue to experience financial hardship as a result of the pandemic, so we wanted to create an opportunity for any student to have access to relief funds should they be in need,” says Vice President for Enrollment Management Wendy Lin-Cook.