The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act provides approximately $12 million in funding to UNC Charlotte for distribution to qualifying students to help cover expenses related to the disruption of spring 2020 campus operations due to COVID-19. As of May 28, 2020, UNC Charlotte has distributed $7,843,958 as CARES Act Emergency Grants to 7,062 students. More information on the CARES Act funding at UNC Charlotte can be found here.
Unfortunately, federal requirements associated with the CARES Act do not allow the distribution of these funds to international students, undocumented students, or students who are only enrolled in Distance Education programs. We currently have requests from 105 international students totaling $64,400.
Many of our students, and specifically our international students, continue to face overwhelming challenges, such as affording housing, transportation, food, medical expenses, and access to other necessary resources. Each year, UNC Charlotte welcomes nearly 2,000 new and continuing international students from 85 countries around the world. Their active participation in the classroom and across the campus helps to foster a culturally diverse living and learning environment in the larger University community. Below is a story of a student whose life suddenly changed after finding relief with University’s emergency fund.
Abdlrahman Ramadan has no family living nearby and relies entirely on himself as he juggles his studies and work.
He works part-time for a local retailer, and the money helped pay rent for his apartment. But then the COVID-19 pandemic forced businesses to close, and Ramadan was scared because he had no family support here.
“The last month has been rough because everything suddenly changed and I didn’t know what to do,” said Ramadan, a junior majoring in biology. “I was relying entirely on my job, even though it was only part-time.”
Then he got an email about UNC Charlotte’s Student Emergency Fund, established to financially support students with emergency expenses, including those related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I just applied immediately,” Ramadan said. “I was so glad that I saw this coming.”
Ramadan said the money that the emergency fund gave him paid for his rent and other monthly expenses.
Student Emergency Fund Update
- Current total dollars requested by UNC Charlotte students: $1,064,900
- Current number of student applications: 2,282
- Current total dollars awarded to UNC Charlotte students: $399,800
- Current number of students receiving aid: 1,134
Your support continues to make life changing impacts on the students of UNC Charlotte as we all continue to navigate the uncertainties of the Covid 19 pandemic. Thank you, Niner Nation.