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Delta State University Receives $1.2 Million from CARES Act to Assist Students

Delta State University Receives $1.2 Million from CARES Act to Assist Students

Cleveland, MS — Delta State University has received $1,262,219 from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act through the U.S. Department of Education to assist students during the COVID-19 pandemic. The money will go directly to current DSU students.


It comes from the $14 billion Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund portion of the $2 trillion CARES Act; the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund supports postsecondary education students and institutions.


“DSU is grateful for this federal funding that will be very helpful to many of our students whose on-campus matriculation was abruptly interrupted,” said Dr. Vernell Bennett-Fairs, vice president for student affairs. “Students will receive information about the qualification criteria and a link to the grant application via their Okramail accounts. We encourage all who qualify to apply.”


Delta State has completed the CARES Act/Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund paperwork to receive a second, similar infusion from the U.S. Department of Education for institutional needs.


“We anticipate receiving an additional $1,262,218 soon,” said Heather Kovarcik Miller, director of the Office of Institutional Grants. “Delta State will use this round of funding per the Department of Education federal guidelines.”


The CARES Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, and is the third and largest major legislative initiative to address COVID-19.


About Delta State University: Delta State University is a four-year public institution whose more than 3,500 students come from most U.S. states and more than 50 countries. The university offers numerous unique programs, including the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program, and is the only university in Mississippi to offer undergraduate and graduate aviation programs. Situated in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, which is recognized as the birthplace of American music, Delta State has become the center of music and culture for the state and the region. The university is also the academic center for the blues, offering an online blues studies curriculum that leads to a certificate for advanced study of blues music. In addition, Delta State offers top-notch academic programs in business, arts, sciences, nursing, and education, among other areas.

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