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June 05th, 2020

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Fully half the $734,560 of emergency stimulus money from state and federal sources allotted to Seward County Community College is earmarked for direct aid to students.

“We will use no less than $367,280 as emergency assistance to students,” SCCC Vice President of Finance and Operations Dennis Sander said. 

 The signed certification and agreement has been returned to the Department of Education, as required by law. Regular updates will track the use of all funds.

The college’s financial response team opened applications in late April in order to move the money quickly to students who need it. The first round of checks to 147 students was distributed the week of May 11, and the application will remain open through May 31. 

“We want to ensure our students who are experiencing hardship related to COVID-19 have access to the help intended for them, so we created an application process that is direct and simple,” Vice President of Student Services Celeste Donovan said. 

The swiftly-disbursed funds can be applied to students’ areas of greatest need, referred to by federal agencies as “relief of extraordinary needs owing to COVID-19.” That may include daily living supplies and food, housing, transportation, child care, textbooks, technology, Internet access, and more.  Maximum disbursement is $1,500, and each student application will be evaluated individually. The college counts 720 eligible students as potential recipients.

“As applications arrive, we process them, determine the amount of aid, and issue checks on a weekly basis,” SCCC Director of Financial Aid Amy Bridenstine said. 

Bridenstine added one check only will be issued to approved applicants. 

“The financial aid office is spearheading the process, but I want to emphasize that all eligible students should apply,” Bridenstine said. “Students who are eligible can apply, whether or not they filled out the FAFSA form or applied for financial aid.”

Eligible applicants, according to federal guidelines, include students who:

• are enrolled at Seward County Community College as of March 13, 2020 and

• are eligible for, or already completed, a FASFA (note: completion of FAFSA is not required) and

• possess a high school diploma or a GED and

• are not enrolled exclusively online.

Applications remain open through May 30. The simple form can be filled out only online, in order to speed the processing. The forms are accessible at the college’s official blog page, through a link on the college’s main webpage,, or directly through this URL address:  Students will be prompted to log in to the SCCC “portal” as usual in order to complete the application process. 

“We will be publicizing this opportunity for our students through many channels,” Donovan said. “Our campus team sent out a RAVE alert to students’ email or cell phone numbers, and we are following up with public announcements in the media and on social media. I encourage family members and friends to spread the word.”

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