BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. – Butte College President, Samia Yaqub announced Thursday the college has received three new funding sources to help students affected by the ongoing effects of the Camp Fire and the COVID-19 pandemic.
The funding is a combined total of $13.6 million in state and federal awards. It’s designed to help students with financial obstacles so they can continue their education. It will also help Butte College recover some of their costs associated with these emergencies, according to Yaqub.
A recent survey of over 1,200 students showed that 44% have lost employment or had hours cut at work and 24% surveyed were worried about getting enough food, Yaqub said.
Below are the following grants as announced by the Butte College President.
- Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. $7.2 million – including $3.6 million in direct aid to students available through the newly established Dash CARES project.
- U.S. Department of Education – Emergency Assistance to Institutions of Higher Education, $4.2 million. This includes the new Roadrunner Rise Camp Fire Emergency Assistance grant project that will provide $1.2 million in direct aid to eligible students affected by the 2018 Camp Fire.
- California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office – Chancellor's Office Housing Program supporting the Butte College Basic Needs Resource Center that will provide more than $2.1 million in funding for housing – including rental assistance, finding housing, assistance with deposits, and providing support for temporary housing/shelter.
- The Roadrunner Hub – Basic Resource Center also provides assistance through food distribution as well as toiletries.
“We know our students need support and resources to adapt to this challenge. Butte College students, faculty, and staff have been through incredibly challenging times over the last several years,” said Yaqub. “Each time they have quickly risen to face each new challenge and we are very fortunate to have support from the state and the federal government to help us get over the current obstacles.”
Eligible current, new, and returning students can receive funding to cover the cost of attending college, including tuition, fees, food, housing, transportation, course materials, technology, health care, and childcare-related expenses, Yaqub said in a press release.
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