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Chico State gives students coronavirus relief aid

Chico State received ten million dollars to help students cope with the coronavirus pandemic

Posted: May 7, 2020 11:22 PM
Updated: May 7, 2020 11:27 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- From housing, to new school equipment, this aid comes at a much needed time.

Vice President of Business and Finance Ann Sherman says, "Colleges and universities across the country were given certain amounts of money based on the types of students that they had and the typical types of aid they receive."

Chico State was given $10 million dollars through the CARES Act.

$6.6 million of it already given to more than 7000 wildcats.

Sherman says, "Our immediate goal was to get as much money to students as possible. We just recevied the grant on Thursday and the money went out to students this past Monday.

Funds that were desperately needed.

International students, DACA students, and some students who go to school online are not part of this block grant.

Sherman told Action News Now they're working on auxiliary funds to help accomodate those in need.

Chico State student Jacob Trejo says, "I know a lot of kids that depend on their job to pay their rent so it's good that Chico State is helping them in that way."

But you had to meet the right criteria.

"That was based on their eligibility under their financial aid and then whether or not they were full or part time," said Sherman.

Trejo says, "Considering the times, I know students like myself that didn't qualify would appreciate something like that, but if a system was in place like case-by-case, like a survey, I feel like that could help more."

He added, "but understand where they're coming from. I'm not complaining."

Sherman says she's committed to helping all Chico State students.

"We're aware of the fact that, for a number of students, those circumstances may have changed as a result of the coronavirus circumstance and so we have $3.3 million dollars and there will be a student application process for those funds over the next two weeks," said Sherman.

The two week application window will start tomorrow or early next week.

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