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%.