Graduate Refunds + CARES Act
From the Office of the President, May 7, 2020
Dear Stephens Students,
As our spring semester draws to a close, I want to thank and congratulate you for your resilience, patience and willingness to do whatever has been required to continue your education. Your faculty speak with such pride and respect about your self-discipline, energy and determination to stay connected — to them, to the College and to each other.
When you departed campus in mid-March, I assured you that the College would do everything possible to support and encourage you during these difficult times. We didn’t anticipate then the extent of our nation’s losses — in human life, in economic stability, and in personal autonomy. But we remain the community we have always been — working through this together. And we have been doing all we can to continue to educate and serve you, and to prioritize your well-being over all other considerations.
That’s why I’m so glad to inform you that we’re going to be providing you some financial assistance in the coming weeks.
Direct payments to students. Stephens College is the recipient of federal funds through the CARES Act. These funds are intended to provide support to students who suffered disruption on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic. Each institution is allowed to determine how best to make these resources available to students.
Stephens will distribute about $167,000 in direct grants to all eligible students; that includes all undergraduate students who attended classes on campus as well as graduate students in our Master in Education in Counseling and Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs.
Student Emergency Relief Fund. Stephens will distribute the remaining $167,000 in CARES Act funds through a Student Emergency Relief Fund that will respond to financial challenges directly resulting from COVID-19. Eligible students will be able to apply for these funds beginning later this summer; we expect the Fund will continue to be available to provide support to students well into the fall semester. More details on the Fund and the application process will be sent to you by July 1.
So, what do you need to do?
FIRST, you need to carefully read the FAQ below; it explains the details and responds to the questions we think some of you may have. If you still need more information after you’ve read it, please contact me at [email protected]. (Please do note that we can’t be more specific about timing; distribution of the CARES Act funding depends upon when the federal government makes it available to us.)
SECOND, you need to provide your current contact information and mailing address (so we’re sending checks to the right places!).
We continue to pursue all possible opportunities to bring even greater resources and relief to you as we work to support and assist you through this crisis. We want you back on campus as soon as possible — as a continuing student, or for your Commencement!
Dr. Dianne Lynch, President