Elizabeth City State University clears student debt for students affected by COVID-19
ELIZABETH CITY, NC (WAVY) – Elizabeth City State University has said it will write off student debt for all students who have an outstanding balance on their student accounts starting in the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters due to difficulties of COVID-19.
The total amount of student debt forgiveness that the university is able to offset is $ 286,500.
In an ECSU press release, Provost Farrah J. Ward states that “the well-being of the students is the university’s top priority”.
“The administration is aware that the COVID-19 crisis has caused financial hardship for many students and their families,” said Provost Ward. “As the pandemic and its impact continue to affect our students, we are committed to finding ways to support the Viking community through this crisis.”
The university will use funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), authorized by the American Rescue Plan (ARP), to provide financial support to students.
This means that all students, including senior graduates, will have their balance wiped from fall 2020 and spring 2021.
Students who are not currently enrolled in university and who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will have their accounts erased and will now be able to re-enroll at ECSU. Current students with financial holdback due to an unpaid balance will now be able to enroll in summer and fall courses.
University officials say there will be no impact on their future eligibility for financial aid.
ECSU has awarded more than $ 2.1 million in emergency grants to support students during the COVID-19 pandemic. These funds are provided on an ongoing basis and do not affect eligibility for financial assistance.