USA Funds®, a nonprofit organization that helps Americans benefit from higher education, has announced that it has allocated nearly $400,000 to help college students whose education plans have been adversely affected by recent tornado outbreaks.
Eligible postsecondary institutions in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee may apply for grants through the Disaster Relief Fund for Postsecondary Education Students. Schools, in turn, may use the funds to assist lower-income students who suffered financial hardships as a result of the tornado outbreaks in those states from April 15 to April 28. In addition, USA Funds is inviting postsecondary institutions in Joplin, Mo., to apply for funding to assist students affected by the May 22 tornado in that community. Schools will be able to award supplemental financial aid of up to $1,000 per student to help them pay education-related expenses for the 2010-2011 or 2011-2012 academic year.
"Our goal is to help ensure students are not forced to drop out or interrupt their education because of financial hardships created by these natural disasters," said Denise B. Feser, USA Funds senior vice president, School and Student Services.
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