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Applications For Additional Coronavirus Emergency Aid Grants Now Open

Penn State is now providing a second round of emergency cash grants to students who haven’t already received relief funding, the university announced Monday.

An initial round of funding occurred in May when Penn State awarded grants up to $1000 to more than 25,000 students. The funding granted aims to help pay for expenses like course materials, technology, food, housing, health care, and child care. Approximately $27.5 million of the $55 million is reserved for emergency student aid.

Students’ eligibility is based on their financial needs and other data from the 2019-20 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Those who’ve already received funding are not eligible to apply for the second round of grants.

World Campus students are excluded because students enrolled in online-only programs aren’t eligible for federal funding. International students are also ineligible.

Cash grants will still be worth up to $1,000, and application submissions serve as confirmation that a student has qualified for the grant. Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis until resources are exhausted.

Students who received the grant during the initial round have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30 to accept or decline their award. Those who don’t meet the second round of eligibility but are experiencing personal or financial hardships should search for resources provided by the Office of Student Care and Advocacy.

To apply for the grant and receive additional information on the application process, visit Penn State’s website.

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