UTPB offers additional financial assistance to students affected by COVID-19

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The University of Texas Permian Basin is doing their part to make sure every student feels supported during these trying times.

“Students likely have experienced a lot of hardship related to COVID recently. Reduction or loss of hours at their place of employment, total loss of employment all together for themselves, family member or spouse, potentially other costs associated with the University going online,” said Corey Benson, the Associate Dean of Students at UTPB.

Benson said, “There are a lot of barriers that have happened for students and we’ve been able to address many of those so students can continue to be successful while they are here.”

Through the CARES Act, $980,000 was made available by the federal government. Additional funds created by donors are also available through the Student Emergency Fund.

“It makes me proud to be a part of the University of Texas Permian Basin, we are committed to student success and making sure that students have every opportunity to be successful while they’re here and after graduation,” said Benson.

Students who need assistance can go to utpb.edu/emergencyfund where they can find more information about the emergency fund and who qualifies.

“Identifying relevant scholarships that a student may be eligible for or adjusting their financial aid package based on the professional judgment of the office of financial aid in partnership with the dean of students office,” said the Associate Dean of Students.

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