VSU debt relief is “a big burden on our shoulders,” says graduate

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ETTRICK, Virginia – Virginia State University (VSU) will reimburse all tuition and unpaid fees owed by enrolled students during the COVID-19 pandemic using funds from the CARES Act, officials said on Friday. ‘school.

As a result, the historically black university will forgo account balances for students who attended the spring, summer, fall, winter 2020 and spring 2021 semesters, officials said.

The balances will be cleared once all federal, state and private rewards are applied to student accounts, officials noted.

However, officials also clarified that the payment only applies to balances currently owed to VSU and not to “loans owed to outside entities.”

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VSU graduate Breyawna Mason said she believes paying down debt “is a great way to give back to students who have struggled during the pandemic.”

“We care about our students and their academic success and want to give them the privilege of moving forward with zero balance,” said Provost / Sr. Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs Donald Palm, Ph.D. mentioned. “We believe relieving them of these balances will provide much needed relief that will allow our researchers to focus more intensely on their studies and graduation.”

University officials called the CARES law funding “critical to helping students pursue their academic dreams” because COVID-19 has “severely affected the financial resources of thousands of families nationwide.”

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Breyawna Mason, VSU graduate

Mason hopes other universities will do the same.

“Trying to find a good paying job, especially after you graduate… is already a struggle,” Mason said. “So now the COVID cases are on the rise, we don’t know what’s going to happen. So a lot of things are still in the air, so I think Virginia State doing that has been a big burden on our shoulders. so think a lot of schools need to jump on it. We need help. ”


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