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UM starts new emergency fund for students

University of Montana Campus
Posted at 4:36 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 23:19:56-04

MISSOULA — The University of Montana is offering assistance to students who may be struggling financially during the COVID-19 outbreak.

The new Emergency Student Support Fund is available for students who need help with basic necessities ranging from childcare, rent, tuition, and medical fees.

More than 150 people have applied to the fund since it was announced just a couple days ago. UM spokeswoman Paula Short says that while this is a difficult time, the school is still focused on student success.

"We want our students to be able to successfully complete this semester. Even in the long term, to be able to return to the university and complete their degree," Short said. We don't want unexpected financial burdens to be a barrier to them being able to complete their education."

The application can be found here.