Southeastern Oklahoma State University will continue to assist students financially through federal funding provided during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This month, Southeastern will distribute $1.8 million to students through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III as funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
These funds are designated to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus. This includes eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care.
Since May of 2020, Southeastern has now disbursed $4.1 in federal funds to assist students during the pandemic.
“We are delighted to be able to provide this assistance to our students,’’ said Southeastern president Thomas Newsom. “The last year-and-a-half have obviously provided some unique challenges for our students, and this is one way to offer support as they continue to pursue their higher education goals.’’
The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) was signed into law in March, which authorized the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). Southeastern initially received Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act HEERF funds to distribute to students.