The University of Maryland Student Government Association (SGA) has announced that it will release more than $ 400,000 to assist students with meals, textbooks, medical supplies and other emergency needs due to the pandemic. The SGA is also setting aside funds to provide students with mental health training.
The SGA is funded by a fee charged to full and part-time students each semester. Faced with a surplus of $ 410,249, the SGA decided that the best use of the money would be to help students affected by the pandemic. A total of $ 300,000 will go to the existing student crisis fund, $ 5,000 to the emergency food fund, $ 48,000 to provide campus-wide restrooms with feminine hygiene supplies, $ 47,249 to the campus pantry, and $ 10,000 for training in mental health. This is the first time that the SGA has allocated funds in this way.
“There is no question that these allocated funds will help many important student services on and off our campus for years to come,” said Patty Perillo, Vice President of Student Affairs. “Together with the university, SGA is providing much-needed support and relief to the campus community during an unprecedented challenging season. This is an example of exceptional leadership. ”
The Student Crisis Fund provides grants to students for everything from textbooks to prescription drugs. Students can apply for help by visiting the website and submitting an online application.
Students at the University of Maryland and universities across the country have been affected by the cancellation of face-to-face classes, sports, and jobs on campus. Many students have also been stuck paying rent for apartments and housing on campus that they cannot use. The university also offers free academic and mental health counseling.
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