More than $1.8 million in funding is being distributed to Concordia University students who need it most.

Concordia University students in both Wisconsin and Ann Arbor are finding themselves with a little more financially secure this week. Thanks to a distribution of funds from the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA), more than 3,000 students have received checks totaling over $1.8 million.

“It’s been a difficult time in so many ways, and it’s very rewarding to be able to help so many students navigate their financial challenges,” said Kevin Sheridan, Concordia University’s Director of Financial Aid. “The funding comes from the federal government, but we get the privilege of directing it toward students who need it most.”

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The CRRSAA is a follow-up to last year’s Coronavirus Aid, Recovery, and Economic Security (CARES) act, which provided relief funds to nearly 2,100 Concordia graduate and students, primarily those who are PELL Grant eligible. The CRRSAA provides more distribution flexibility, allowing the university to help even more students.

CRRSAA by the numbers

  • 2,481 students will receive checks totaling $1,445,740.97
  • 314 graduate students
  • 1434 Mequon traditional undergraduates
  • 498 Ann Arbor traditional undergraduates
  • 235 students from our online program and centers

In addition, 530 students will have the ability to either receive a check or apply it to their account to help pay for school. These funds total nearly $365,000.

Students who don’t need the money for school or think they’ve received the money in error can donate it back to the fund for redistribution to other students. The fact that so many students are willing to do this is not surprising, considering the generous nature of Concordia as a whole.

“That’s just a reflection of who we are as a school and a community,” Sheridan said.

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