AUBURN, Ala. (EETV) - The United States Department of Education, through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, recently rewarded Auburn University $7.8 million in student funding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Overwhelmed with gratitude, President Jay Gogue recognized how many of the students within the Auburn family have been negatively impacted by COVID-19 and it is his hope that, “this funding will enable these students to continue their studies and graduate from Auburn.” Those who are awarded aid, from this grant, may use the funds towards housing, child care, health care, tuition, and food expenses. Auburn University may also liquidate these funds into lost revenue relating to coronavirus, and technology costs pertaining to the distanced learning methods faculty and staff had to adhere to, due to COVID-19 protocol. 

Although this limited funding will continue to be dispersed among the Auburn University student population until fully drained, it will be prioritized to students with exceptional needs. The 2020-21 Federal Student Aid form will be used to calculate the direness of each applicant's needs, and must already have been prior held on file by the University. Potential recipients also must be currently enrolled for the spring of 2021 and be United States citizens.  Despite the high influx of applications, Auburn University intends to fund eligible students within seven to ten days of their application submission. If they are rewarded this aid, they will be emailed from ‘Accounts Payable’ when their direct deposit is finalized.