Transylvania distributes coronavirus relief funds to students (May 18, 2020)

Transylvania University has distributed more than $400,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds over the past month to help students cover expenses related to the disruption of campus operations.

The school on Monday published a report on how it has so far disbursed its allotment from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

Almost all students have received some of the money.

Transylvania distributed the funds as quickly and widely as possible — with the goal of helping students in the greatest need.

Specifically, each eligible full‐time student who received a federal Pell Grant for the winter 2020 term received $1,000. All other eligible full‐time, degree‐seeking students who could file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, whether they did so or not, received $250. Those with other needs were encouraged to apply for additional emergency funding.

These are one-time grants and don’t require repayment.

“We recognize the unique challenges this global health pandemic has created for our community,” Interim President John N. Williams previously said regarding CARES Act funding. “But we also know the resilience of our students, faculty and staff, who have already shown the ability to adapt to the new circumstances we face. Our Pioneer family will get through this together.”