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    Colleges and universities across the United States and around the world are scrambling to keep their students, faculty, and staff healthy, safe, and educated during the COVID-19 pandemic. As experts on the daily crises that derail #RealCollege students and prevent them from completing their degrees our team at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice offers the following considerations and resources to support your work.

    For more information about The Hope Project and their COVID-19 resources, click here.

    Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, colleges and universities have closed their campuses, told students to return home, and moved to online instruction. These necessary actions may force HBCU students to drop out, due to financial hardship and lack of access to the required technology. Over 72% of HBCU students are Pell Grant eligible (family income less than $20,000 per year), and 43% rely on jobs to cover basic living expenses. HBCUs themselves do not have the infrastructure to support students, deliver online coursework, retain today’s students and ensure that next year’s students enroll. To support HBCUs and their students, TMCF created its TMCF’s COVID-19 HBCU Emergency Fund, which will cover HBCU student short-term costs due to the COVID-19 school closures, and provide HBCU medium and long-term financial support.

    Read more at www.tmcf.org.

    Dear UNCF Friend,

    First and foremost, I hope you and your family are well. COVID-19 is impacting our country in an unprecedented way, and the safety and well-being of our employees, our member institutions and the students we serve is UNCF’s top priority.

    UNCF offices are currently physically closed, with employees teleworking until it is safe to return to work; we will reassess that status based on federal government guidelines. Further, we have also postponed our upcoming local fundraising events for the remainder of the month and next as public health and safety must take priority right now.

    For 76 years, UNCF has helped more than half a million students graduate from college, and UNCF is rapidly preparing to help address the critical emergency needs of our students and HBCUs (historically black colleges and universities).

    Click here to read the entire statement.


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