Resources for students during the COVID-19 outbreak

Posted 03.16.20

At Central Scholarship, we recognize that the current public health outbreak might be causing unexpected burdens for our students. We are here to help as best we can. Below, you will find a list of resources – from Central Scholarship, the government, businesses, and other nonprofits – that we think might be beneficial to you. Please feel free to reach out to CS staff if you are experiencing an emergency related to COVID-19, and we will do our best to work with you to help resolve it.

Emergency Funding Program

Central Scholarship’s Emergency Funding Program is available to help current Central Scholarship recipients with any medical, transportation, housing, or food emergencies associated with COVID-19 or otherwise. Current Central Scholarship recipients are eligible for up to $1,000 in emergency funds per request.

2-1-1 Maryland

The mission of 2-1-1 Maryland is to be a statewide resource always available by telephone and internet to connect citizens to health and human resources at any time. Specially trained call specialists answer calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Simply dial 2-1-1 to access their services.

From MHEC

The Office of Student Financial Assistance (OSFA) within the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC), would like to inform you that due to the recent closures of all Maryland K-12 schools the deadline date for the 2020-2021 Guaranteed Access (GA) Grant program has been extended to April 17, 2020.

MHEC is in the process of notifying all potentially eligible GA Grant recipients that the deadline has been extended. The new deadline of April 17, 2020 will also be updated on our website and on the applicants’ To Do List in the Maryland College Aid Processing System (MDCAPS) in the coming days.

Also, please note the deadline for students to submit documentation for the Maryland Community College Promise Scholarship program will remain as June 15, 2020.

Finally, it is important to note that since the GA deadline has been extended awarding for the Howard P. Rawlings Educational Excellence Awards Program, which includes the Educational Assistance Grant and Guaranteed Access Grant programs will not occur by May 1st. Additional information concerning a new projected award date for the 2020-20201 academic year will be shared at a later date.

U-Haul Offers 30 Days Free Self-Storage amid Coronavirus Outbreak

President John “JT” Taylor announced that U-Haul will extend 30 days of free self-storage at U-Haul-owned and -operated facilities to help college students impacted by unforeseen schedule changes at their universities.

The free month applies to new customers with college IDs and is a limited-time offer subject to availability.

Federal Work-Study Students

For students enrolled and performing Federal Work Study (FWS) at a campus that must close due to COVID-19, or for a FWS student who is employed by an employer that closes as a result of COVID-19, the institution may continue paying the student Federal work-study wages during that closure.

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