For current college students the Coronavirus has completely flipped typical campus learning environments from normal to a bizarre. Whereas many college students would normally be returning to their campuses from spring break, most students are at home, beginning their spring semester courses online per the Center for Disease Control’s recommendations. For some families, the COVID-19 Pandemic may have a serious economic hold on students’ and/or their parents expected financial resources. For instance, students that once worked in the restaurant industries to help pay for their education have now found themselves without work. Parents’ supplementing their child’s college education are now facing salary reductions. Many parents and students are wondering if they can get more financial aid. Students in the federal work study program are concerned they may not get paid. Looking for more COVID-19 student-impact information? Find it here.The good news is the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law on March 27, provides emergency financial aid flexibility and protection for college students. Here's the good news and financial aid details you should know:As many financial aid award letters were recently sent, even newly admitted students can appeal their just-issued award letters! To ask for emergency financial aid, your first step is to contact the financial aid office at your university. Kindly, ask how you can formally submit an emergency financial aid appeal. Most financial aid employees are willing to help, but before they can provide you with the best guidance for your situation, they’ll likely need to ask some questions. Be patient and understanding as they try to navigate the best solution to your financial situation. In Mark Kantrowitz's Forbes article, he advises there are several COVID-19 circumstances that could provide reason for emergency financial aid funds. Some of these include:• “Lost wages due to illness, a quarantine period or shelter-in-place order" • “Costs of returning home and putting belongings in storage after the college orders students to vacate the dorms”
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