Liz McCormick Published

West Virginia Colleges Set Up Emergency Funds For Students


At least three West Virginia colleges have set up emergency assistance programs to help students financially during the coronavirus pandemic. 

West Virginia University, West Virginia State University and Concord University say they’re trying to help students who’ve taken financial hits to continue their education.  

West Virginia State University students must have been in good standing with the school and can apply for funds on the college’s website. Eligible students could receive up to $500, according to WVSU. 

WVU said it’s working to identify students who would need help from its fund, including the more than 4,000 students employed by the school, but not covered under federal aid programs. A spokesperson from the university said in an email to WVPB that details of the amount students could be eligible for is still being worked out.

Concord said it’s offering students up to $250 through its Gap Fund. Students who need assistance must complete an online application on Concord’s website. Dr. Sarah Beasley, vice president for student affairs at Concord said funds are limited, but they are trying to help as many students as possible.