Georgia HBCU clears student balances for semesters during pandemic

Georgia HBCU clears student balances for semesters during pandemic
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Clark Atlanta University, a historically Black university in Georgia, has cleared its students’ balances from the 2020 semesters and spring and summer 2021 semesters. 

In a letter to students on Friday, Clark Atlanta President George T. French Jr. said that the university has cleared the financial debt of students for the past five semesters, bringing each student’s total account balance to zero dollars. 

“The past two academic years have been emotionally and financially challenging for you and your families due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” French wrote in his letter. “I understand. That is why I am personally thankful for your resilience, perseverance, and ‘find a way or make one’ attitudes.”

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In a statement, the university said it was able to do this with the support it received from the federal government’s CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. 

This comes as other historically Black colleges or universities such as Delaware State, South Carolina State and Wilberforce have taken similar actions to clear their student debt, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution report.

Clark Atlanta received a $15 million donation from Mackenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosSpaceX launches first all-civilian orbit crew into space Tucker Carlson says he lies when 'I'm really cornered or something' Feehery: Not this way MORE, last December, which was the largest philanthropic donation in the school’s history, the Journal-Constitution reported.