Elizabeth City State University in North Carolina will clear debt for students with outstanding balances on their accounts from the past academic year due to pandemic hardships, WAVY News reported.
The public university will pay down an estimated total of $286,500 in student debt accrued during the fall 2020 and spring 2021 semesters. Students with a financial hold on their accounts due to outstanding debt will now be able to register for summer and fall classes.
“The administration is aware that the COVID-19 crisis caused financial hardships for many students and their families,” Farrah J. Ward, provost of the university, said. “As the pandemic and its impact continue to affect our students, we are committed to finding ways to support the Viking Community through this crisis.”
The university will pay the debt using funds from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II, which is part of the American Rescue Plan passed by Congress in March.