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Federal CARES Act distributing more than $1 million to Southeastern students; University creates local “Shelter for the Storm’’ fundraising effort

May 13, 2020

Southeastern students will be receiving assistance from both federal and local resources to help ease the financial burden of the COVID-19 pandemic.

DURANT, Okla. – Southeastern Oklahoma State University is distributing $1,059,075 to Southeastern students as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

These funds have been designated to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care).

Some 2,557 students are scheduled to receive the SE CARES Act grants, with the amount based on the number of credit hours in which they were enrolled in during Spring 2020.

According to federal guidelines, full or part-time students were eligible for the funds based on their ability to apply for or having previously applied for federal financial aid or Title IV aid, such as Pell, SEOG (Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant), federal work study, and student loans. Based on federal guidance, concurrent students, students who previously identified as a felon, international students (except for those possessing a permanent resident card- Green Card), and students enrolled in fully online programs were not eligible.

In addition, the “Shelter for the Storm’’ fund has been created through the Southeastern Foundation to assist students with challenges related to the pandemic and future issues that might arise.

This fund will assist students whose higher education journey has been impacted by the current health crisis; however, the fund will also become a permanent tool for the university to utilize in assisting students in the future.

To learn more about or to contribute to the Shelter for the Storm fund, visit https://www.givecampus.com/1ax58j