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SUNY Cortland helping students in education limbo

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SUNY Cortland students who have suffered an education-threatening financial setback because of the COVID-19 outbreak can now apply for help from a new Student Emergency Fund, recently established by the Cortland College Foundation.

Emergency grants of up to $500 are now being offered to eligible students with a documented need, which was created because of the pandemic but is intended to help in any unexpected financial situations into the future.

The grants were created as temporary assistance and are not intended to replace financial aid.

“We live in challenging times,” said Greg Sharer, SUNY Cortland’s vice president for student affairs. “We understand that unforeseen circumstances can create temporary hurdles for any individual or family. A single financial setback can often impact a student’s ability to continue their education.”

Students may apply for an emergency grant after other methods of funding have been exhausted through SUNY Cortland’s Student Emergency Fund webpage.

Review of applications will begin April 15 and be reviewed carefully on a case-by-case basis, with responses then provided as quickly as possible.

Additionally,  SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson has announced a new #SUNYTogether fundraising effort intended to bolster the system’s ongoing response to its universities struggling as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

#SUNYTogether aims to raise $10 million over the next several weeks by way of generous donations from alumni, stakeholders and allies, as well as corporate donors.

The fund seeks to provide support for students and researchers and also to provide crucial supplies and protective gear for those on the front lines of the battle against this deadly virus, joining onto the governor’s “New York Loves” effort to expand fundraising statewide.

“SUNY is proud to join the Governor’s ‘New York Loves’ to further expand the state’s reach in coordinating donation efforts during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” Chancellor Johnson said. “Members of the SUNY family all across our system are doing their part in the fight against COVID-19, and we want to make sure they have everything they need to ensure their success. That includes providing technology and direct financial support for students continuing their studies at home, as well as funding for researchers working on better testing and treatments and supplies for medical personnel who are continuing to put their own lives at risk to protect the health and wellness of all New Yorkers.”

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