Savannah State clears student debt from Spring 2020 - Summer 2021 semesters

ByWTOC Staff | Published:Aug. 2, 2021 at 5:08 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Savannah State University has announced that student balances accrued from the Spring 2020 semester through the Summer 2021 semester will be cleared with federal funding from the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, according to a release sent on Monday.

Savannah State cleared the balances of 220 former students, totaling more than $331,000.

“We are thrilled to provide this financial relief to our students,” Savannah State President Kimberly Ballard-Washington said in a statement. “From the start of the pandemic, our faculty and staff have been focused on protecting students’ health and wellbeing and worked to provide technical support that allowed them to continue their education virtually and in the classroom. Now we have been able to provide this additional and much-needed support to students whose education was interrupted because of COVID-19.”

Savannah State has previously used federal funds from the CARES Act to “provide emergency financial aid grants to students” and reimburse students for housing and meals during the Spring 2020 semester, according to the release.

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