Dear Georgia State students,
The U.S. Secretary of Education, in response to the CARES Act, recently notified colleges and universities that in the coming weeks financial resources will be made available to provide grants to students for expenses related to disruptions to their educations due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Georgia State University is committed to doing everything in our power to help our students overcome academic and financial barriers on their paths to graduation. To this end, the university has both requested resources from the CARES Act and initiated a fundraising campaign to support our students during this difficult time.
In accordance with recommendations from the U.S. Secretary of Education, Georgia State will distribute funds received through the CARES Act by prioritizing students with the greatest levels of financial need using established processes that the university has developed to distribute need-based institutional aid. We will also continue to accept applications from students who are facing specific hardships related to the disruption of their education caused by COVID-19 through the university’s Emergency Assistance Fund process. In addition, counselors in the Student Financial Management Center are available to advise students on how they can access other significant resources that may be available to them, such as financial coaching, debt relief and unemployment benefits.
The CARES Act funds have not yet been received by Georgia State. When they do arrive, they will not be sufficient to address all of the hardships faced by Georgia State students. Still, we hope that the various resources Georgia State is securing will reduce the burdens faced by a number of you. We understand how stressful and challenging this time is, and we appreciate your patience as we navigate these difficult times together.