Many CSC Students Eligible For COVID Relief Grant


       Nearly 3,000 students who attend one of Nebraska’s three state colleges will be eligible for up to $3,000 in additional aid because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

     Full-time students who attend Chadron State, Wayne State, or Peru State during the coming school year and who are eligible for federal Pell grants will qualify to receive the money from the federal stimulus bill approved last month. 

     Chancellor Paul Turman says the State College System expects to receive more than $14 million dollars from the federal government, half earmarked for students and the other half for pandemic-related costs of the schools..

      Turman says the Nebraska State Colleges serve a large number of Pell-eligible and low-income students and families, so the new federal money will ease an economic barrier for those students and let them focus on completing their degree.

     Qualifying students can use the grant for any part of the cost of attending college or for emergency costs due to COVID-19 such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health), and child care.

     There were two rounds of similar grants in earlier pandemic relief bills, one last Spring Semester and the other for the current Spring Semester.