AB students to begin receiving additional emergency federal COVID-19 aid

Alderson Broaddus University students financially affected by the coronavirus pandemic can expect additional assistance thanks to a COVID-19 aid package approved by Congress in December. Alderson Broaddus University will be distributing approximately $563,337 in emergency grants to eligible students thanks to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II), as authorized by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).

Students were notified of the grants via email communication on Wednesday, February 17, and must complete an application process to be considered for the assistance.

Lora Bryant, director of AB’s Financial Aid Office, said she is eager for students to complete the application process and begin receiving assistance. “Our students and their families are facing financial strains as a result of the pandemic. We are happy to offer resources and support where we can.”

According to the official communication, eligible, degree-seeking AB students who have a 2020-2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) could qualify for a Spring 2021 CRRSAA Emergency Grant. Priority consideration will be given to students with the highest demonstrated financial need.

For eligible students, HEERF II emergency grants can be utilized for expenses related to the full cost of attendance, including tuition, required course materials, food, housing, health care, or child care and emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus. Additional emergency requests will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Alderson Broaddus is fully engaged in responding to COVID-19 while remaining committed to its mission of providing the highest quality education and preparing students to fulfill their roles in a diverse society. We are consistently reviewing guidance from the U. S. Department of Education, West Virginia Higher Education agencies, and other officials and consultants to create a fair and equitable plan for all.

For more information and further updates, please visit ab.edu/coronavirus.

About Alderson Broaddus University

Alderson Broaddus University is an independent institution of higher learning, committed to serving the region as an academic, cultural, and religious resource, with programs based on a liberal arts foundation.

The mission of AB is to provide students with the highest quality education, striving to prepare students to succeed in their chosen disciplines and to fulfill their roles in a diverse society as well-rounded and responsible citizens.

Since its founding in 1871, AB has been a leader and innovator in higher education, with accolades in the health and natural sciences. Alderson Broaddus University stands out as one of the most innovative health education providers in Appalachia, pioneering the nation’s first baccalaureate physician assistant program of its kind in 1968, a post-baccalaureate physician assistant master’s degree program in 1993, and West Virginia’s first baccalaureate nursing program in 1945.

AB is located on a historic hilltop in Barbour County in Philippi, West Virginia. The University is rooted in historic and continuing relationships with the American Baptist Churches in the U.S.A. and the West Virginia Baptist Convention.

For more information about AB, visit www.ab.edu.