UNOH pays off $627K in student debt

By The Lima News Staff

LIMA — The University of Northwestern Ohio has paid off nearly $627,000 in student debt held by students who attended the university during the coronavirus pandemic.

The university used a portion of its federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) dollars to pay off past-due balances for 348 current and former students who owed money to UNOH, although the write-offs did not apply to student loan debt from outside lenders.

The relief funding also allowed the university to offer three rounds of grant awards, which gradually increased from $1,000 in the summer of 2020 to up to $2,100 in the spring of 2021 and up to $4,000 this fall for eligible students.

The federal relief “allowed us to help financially struggling students stay enrolled, receive their degree or diploma and enter the workforce,” President Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis said in a press release.

“The pandemic has been, and continues to be, a difficult time for everyone,” Jarvis said. “If clearing these debts and awarding eligible students grant money to pay their bills and tuition makes this trying time a bit easier, we were more than happy to assist where we could.”

By The Lima News Staff

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