Students will share $9.7 million in federal grants – PNW Pioneer


PNW students will share $9.7 million in federal aid.

Up to 3,400 students will receive payments of up to $3,000. The funds are part of the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III), funded by the US federal bailout passed by Congress last year. Benefits go to students with exceptional needs or facing significant pandemic-related expenses.

Although notifications were sent to more eligible students, only the 3,400 applications submitted by the February deadline.

Over 10,000 emails were sent out for HEERF III applications to students who attended from March 2020 to present,” said Kale Wilk, spokesperson for the university.Student applications are being reviewed. As disbursements are ready to be made, students will be notified.

In October, 5,276 students received HEERF III funds, while the maximum grant was $1,000. This semester, the maximum grant size has tripled.

This program has allocated nearly $40 billion to colleges and universities nationwide.

The funds are intended to support students who have encountered financial difficulties in the past 20 months. The Department of Education has released new guidelines on how colleges can use existing HEERF funds to meet basic student needs, such as child care, housing and food insecurity.

“Students were able to apply [help with] unforeseen expenses related to the COVID pandemic,” Wilk said. “Hopefully the funds they receive will help somewhat to recoup costs, pay bills and more.”

Last semester scholarship recipients say they have helped.

“The very first time I received HEERF funds, I was so relieved,” said Diamond Lavender, a psychology student. “Being a young adult in college, working and going through a pandemic were definitely big stressors.

“I live on campus and pay rent out of pocket,” she said. “The majority of these funds were used for my remaining balance, household items and other bills.”

New scholarship applicants are equally enthusiastic.

“This was my first time applying and having the opportunity to receive up to $3,000 in aid is very beneficial, especially as a first-generation student,” said Roosevelt Boyd, a freshman. year in broadcasting. “It’s stressful enough trying to get to grips with college, but not having to worry about the next meal or textbook fees takes the load off.”

Although this is the second installment of HEERF III, it doesn’t look like there will be a third.

“Currently, there are no talks that indicate another round of funding is coming,” Wilk said. “It seems to be the last of the emergency aid.”


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