“Go out and make a difference”
Florida A&M University, a historically black university in Tallahassee, used the graduation ceremony to share the news that they were covering everyone’s annual fees, totaling an estimated cost of $ 16 million.
“It’s an indication of our commitment to student success and our hope that your time on ‘The Hill’ has been transformative as you face the challenges of the day, get out there and make a difference,” Larry Robinson, president of the university said in a statement.
The money for the fees came from the federal CARES law, which was passed in March 2020, at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The university‘s vice president of student affairs, William E Hudson Jr, said it had been a “difficult year” for the school.
âClearing student account balances from the previous school year was a way to put into practice our motto ‘Excellence with Benevolence’ in supporting students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic,â he said. -he declares.
âIt keeps them from having to take out loans to pay off their outstanding balance. It has been a difficult year for our students and their families.
It is not the first historically black university to apply federally allocated funds from the CARES Act to waive tuition fees.
Clark University in Atlanta, Georgia said it plans to do the same for the period from spring 2020 to summer 2021. They shared a letter from University President George T French on Twitter on the 25th. July.
“Thanks to unprecedented federal funding through the CARES Act and the Higher Education Relief Fund, Clark University Atlanta is clearing student account balances for the academic terms of Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020, spring 2021 and summer 2021, “the tweet read.
They also used the money to reimburse room and board costs, provide 4,000 laptops for students, and purchase wifi hotspots for students who have trouble connecting to the internet while studying at distance.
Ohio’s Wilberforce University laid out plans to write off student debt for graduates in 2020 and 2021. They used a combination of federal money and other funding.
School president Elfred Anthony Pinkard said in a declaration: “As these graduates begin their lives as responsible adults, we are honored to be able to give them a fresh start by relieving their student debt to the university.”