Bloomsburg University to provide federal COVID-19 financial assistance to all students


By Tom McGuire

Bloomsburg University has received federal COVID-19 relief funding, which will provide additional financial assistance, in the form of block grants and special conditions awards, to all enrolled students due to the financial impact of the pandemic.

The $10.7 million provided to BU is part of the American Rescue Plan and Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund III (HEERF III). The Federal Government provides significant discretion on how to award the emergency financial aid grants to students; however, it clearly articulates that institutions are expected to prioritize students with exceptional needs. These grants may be used for any component of a student's cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care, or child care.

The grants will range from $200 to $1,250 for the fall 2021 semester and will be based on expected family contribution (EFC) per submitted FAFSAs. Students with no submitted FAFSA will receive $200. A portion of the funding will be set aside to fund special conditions awards for students with emergency needs related to the pandemic that may arise during the academic year.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 7,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.