CARBONDALE – A partnership between Southern Illinois University Carbondale and the state of Illinois will provide about 1,500 students more than $2 million in emergency relief due to financial hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a release, each student will receive about $1,400 through the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund. SIU Carbondale received more than $2.068 million to provide students a one-time financial award to assist in paying past-due bursar account balances, technology needs (such as equipment or internet access), or other unexpected costs resulting from the pandemic.
Priority for the funds was given to continuing on-campus undergraduate students.
“Many of our students lost off-campus jobs, need access to technology, and had unforeseen expenses due to the pandemic,” Chancellor Austin A. Lane said. “We are grateful to Gov. Pritzker and his team for providing funds that will help students stay on track to complete their education.”
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