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CSC Distributes $541K In Coronavirus Relief Funds To 458 Students

CHADRON – Chadron State College has distributed nearly $541,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds to 458 students.

Associate Vice President of Student Services Sherry Douglas says the average grant was $1,180 with grants awarded on a first come, first serve basis.

The student relief money from the CARES Act was to cover costs related to the switch to remote learning such increased home technology expenses, food insecurity, travel, health care, and childcare for students.

Douglas says CSC split eligible students into two groups – those who had completed the required student aid form and passed all eligibility requirements and those who hadn’t finished the form but might be eligible if they did. The second group was required to upload support documentation to validate eligibility.

Douglas says the college emailed all eligible students with a link to a survey. The grant amount was determined based on the individual’s responses, estimated costs for each category based on the estimated cost of attendance components, and available funds.