SRU receives federal grant that will provide financial aid to students


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Slippery Rock University received $3,677,035 under the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021, that will help relieve students’ financial burden related to the pandemic.

Jan. 26, 2021

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — More financial help is on the way for Slippery Rock University students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance is courtesy of emergency relief funds approved by the U.S. Congress via the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021. SRU received $3,677,035 that will be used to relieve students' financial stress and emergent expenses related to the pandemic.

SRU received a similar allocation last year through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that provided emergency financial aid grants for students.

"We're grateful to extend this much-needed assistance to our students," said Amanda Yale, SRU's chief enrollment management officer. "As the pandemic continues, so does the financial burden on students and their families. The University is guided by its mission to support student success and this is another way to straighten that path to success for many students."

Amanda Yale


Some of the money will be sent directly to students through SRU's the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships in the form of a $700 emergency grant. Approximately two-thirds of the funds will be issued automatically to students in accordance with the U.S. Department of Education's initiative to assist students with the most need. Eligibility for the individual grants is based on a student's Free Application for Federal Student Aid, as well as the corresponding Expected Family Contribution. The money can be used for any expenses related to education, including any outstanding bills or for expenses such as food, housing, course materials, technology needs, health care or child care.

Students who will receive the emergency grant will be notified by email beginning Jan. 25. Students who do not receive emergency grants can apply for aid by completing an online application through SRU's Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship. A link will be emailed to students once the application is available and submitted applications that do not result in money awarded will be active and up for consideration until all of the resources are expended.

For more information, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at or 724.738.2044.

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