By: 1808Delaware Staff

In an announcement shared on the school’s website, Ohio Wesleyan University President Rock Jones and Vice President for Student Engagement and Success Dwayne Todd announced that OWU is facilitating emergency grants to students who were financially harmed by the disruption of campus operations due to COVID19.

The OWU campus closed to students after the school moved to end all in-person instruction. The residence halls were closed to all occupants as of 5 PM on Monday, March 16.

Consistent with other types of payments available to those displaced by the pandemic, including the stimulus checks which continue to make their way to almost all Americans, monies were made available in Congress’ CARES Act to address student displacement, loss of income, and additional expenses.

In order to qualify for the grants, students must have filed the FAFSA, the annual submission of familial financial information to qualify for Federal Student Aid. International students will therefore be ineligible.

According to OWU, the first round of these grants will make available the following:

A general grant of $200 to all eligible students enrolled spring semester. These funds are designated for general expenses related to campus disruption, transportation/food/lodging costs related to relocation, return shipping for rented textbooks and library materials, and other incidental expenses.

Funds to cover lost wages for eligible students employed on campus and unable continue their student employment after March 16. We have calculated the average weekly earnings for eligible students during the first half of the semester (until March 15) and multiplied it by 7 weeks, which is the number of weeks of interrupted employment.

Reimbursement of housing costs to eligible students who lost funds when their off-campus study programs closed early. The amount reimbursed has been prorated based on the time of the disruption.

More information and application procedures are available by logging into an OWU account.

Source: OWU

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