UW Starts Fall Classes With Enrollment Down, But Not As Much As Feared

Classes began Monday at the University of Wyoming but by remote learning only for the first month because of the coronavirus. Enrollment is down, but not by a much as feared – thanks to a program announced two weeks ago by Governor Mark Gordon.

       UW officials had said the university was expecting a 20% decline in fall enrollment because of COVID-19, but then Gordon announced that those unemployed or underemployed as a result of the pandemic were eligible for tuition grants worth $2,500 this fall under the federal CARES Act

      Gordon also said all university students would be eligible for another $3,250 to pay for non-tuition costs and within a week, 191 additional students enrolled in classes. As of last Tuesday, enrollment stood at 11,500 students – still down 4.5% from last year, but much better than the feared 20%.