Austin De Dios
University of Portland to receive more than $2 million from the federal government in COVID relief funds
The University of Portland will receive $2,672,004 in federal aid via the CARES Act, with at least half of that required to go to emergency student cash grants for expenses related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
The economic shock wave caused by the coronavirus pandemic has rocked the nation, and in the last four weeks, unemployment claims shot up to more than 17 million. Students who have lost their jobs to coronavirus complications are dealing with an uncertain future, and some have decided to join the millions of other Americans filing for unemployment.
For students struggling with their mental health during these uncertain and changing times, there are still resources available to help. Active Minds is hosting virtual meetings every Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST) via Zoom, and the Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is still offering appointments over the phone at 503-943-7134. They are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST.
University of Portland students living in the dorms faced a devastating reality on Thursday, March 12 when they were told they had to leave campus unless their application to stay was approved by Residence Life. Of the 501 applications submitted, 333 were approved, according to Director of Residence Life Andrew Weingarten.
Junior nursing majors will not be able to graduate in May of 2021 due to complications caused by the coronavirus outbreak. Their expected graduation date has been pushed to August of the same year. The news was sent in an email on March 27 from the Dean of the School of Nursing Casey Shillam.
Full-time undergraduate tuition is increasing from $47,478 to $49,424 for the 2020-21 academic year, a 4.1% increase.
As the COVID-19 pandemic brings the University of Portland and the world to a grinding halt, the Associated Students of University of Portland (ASUP) passed a bill allowing all current club and organization funds to carry into the fall semester of 2020.
As the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread, the University of Portland’s Entrepreneur Scholars program will be changing its international business trip for this spring. Originally, students in the program were going to go to South Korea and Japan, but due to the growing risk COVID-19 poses in those countries, UP has decided to send the E-Scholars to Auckland and Wellington, New Zealand instead.
A small group of Klinger’s family, friends, neighbors and others came to see the blessing of a stone bench and Coral Bark Japanese Maple tree. The tree and bench were put next to Christie Hall where Klinger lived during his time at UP.
If the storm of recession is in the forecast, we are not without an umbrella. There are things we can do to be prepared. A very common recommendation, no matter how the economy is doing, is to have three months of expenses in savings. It’s clear that this might not be feasible for everyone, so another good guideline is to take around 20% of a paycheck and put it into savings if you can.