CF to disburse $2.5 million in COVID-19 relief funds

A sign stating that that library was closed due to COVID-19 is shown posted on a door of the library on an empty College of Central Florida campus in Ocala, Fla. on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. The college postponed their reopening date to August 3 due to COVID-19. They were tentatively trying to start classes up on July 6. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Posted April 14, 2021 | Ocala Gazette Staff

A sign at the library at the College of Central Florida campus states the building is closed due to COVID-19 in this June file photos. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 

The College of Central Florida will distribute $2.5 million from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund to current students whose lives have been disrupted.

Approximately 3,400 CF students will receive the funds to be used for course materials, technology, food, housing, health care and child care.

“It is important that students prepare themselves for a career that will provide for them when times are good and when they are more challenging,” said Dr. Jim Henningsen, CF president. “We are pleased to distribute these funds so that students can continue on their educational pathway.”

While colleges have discretion over how to award the aid, they must prioritize students with the greatest need. Therefore, CF will prioritize aid to Pell eligible and other federal Title IV eligible students.

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