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ENMU-R disburses some student relief funds

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Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell has given about $22,625 of relief funding to students so far this academic session, according to a college administrator.

Director of Financial Aid Chris Meeks said at a Wednesday online meeting of the Branch Community College Board that 33 students had filed for and were determined eligible for the relief funding, which comes from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) money that ENMU-R has received.

Shawn Powell, president of ENMU-R, previously said that the ENMU system, which includes a Ruidoso campus and the main school in Portales, received $185,000 in CARES funding. The federal funding was made available to most public higher education institutions.

Meeks said about $52,000 has been made available to ENMU-R students.

Student funding requests so far have been primarily for internet connections, laptop computers or travel, Meeks said. The money is intended to help students adapt to COVID-related instructional changes or to cover basic food, housing, child care or transportation needs that people are having trouble meeting due to the coronavirus situation.

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Meeks said 17 people who had filed have been found ineligible, but were given information about other funding opportunities that could be available to them. Another six were able to secure scholarships to help cover their costs.

About 21 applications are pending.

ENMU-R has an online application process or students can contact Student Services at 575-624-7012. To be eligible, students must be U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, degree-seeking, enrolled in the fall 2020 term, maintaining satisfactory academic progress, and possessing a high school diploma or equivalent certification.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.