New UWSP students get tech grants this fall, thanks to CARES Act

Metro Wire Staff

UW-Stevens Point is offering additional help to meet academic challenges resulting from the coronavirus pandemic to newly-admitted students during the fall semester.

Through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, first-year and transfer students will each receive a $275 grant to support technology needs. Nearly $400,000 in grants has been allocated to 1,452 students so far and will be disbursed during the second week of the fall semester.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships will continue awarding these grants to any newly eligible students on a weekly basis through the tenth day of the fall semester, according to a news release from the college.

To be eligible, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2020-2021 FAFSA can still be completed. For assistance, contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at 715-347-4771.

“We are doing all we can to support our students and help them succeed during these challenging times,” said Troy Seppelt, assistant vice chancellor for Student Affairs and dean of students.

Students may also apply for additional emergency grants with the Dean of Students Office via the UWSP CARES Act Emergency Funds Application. Students at UW-Stevens Point campuses in Marshfield and Wausau may apply through this branch campus process.

Those interested in supporting UW-Stevens Point students may donate to the Baxter Student Emergency Fund, a donor-supported program for short-term needs, or The Cupboard food pantry by visiting https://give.uwsp.edu/student-emergency-funds.