Hilbert College is offering some financial relief to returning students in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has upended lives across the globe.
The school, which converted all classes to distance learning through the summer in an effort slow the spread of the virus, is offering $1,000 scholarships to any returning students who register for the fall semester by April 15.
“We recognize the financial hardship this unprecedented situation has caused throughout the nation.” said Matt Heidt, Hilbert’s Director of Marketing and Communications.“We are trying to do everything we can to help our current students continue their education.”
Hiedt said that reimbursements will be automattically applied to fall semester tuition bills.
“No extra paperwork or application is required,” he said.
While students say they are appreciative of the money, some feel it isn’t enough.
Dylan Timmel, a junior going into his senior year at Hilbert College, has already registered for next semester.
“It helps a little but personally I feel students need more than $1,000,” he said.
Timmel said the amount just doesn’t make up for what he has lost.
“I feel the online classes are not offering me the full experience of the face to face classes which I had paid for,” he said.
In response to student’s concerns about the scholarship amount, Hilbert’s president, Dr. Michael Brophy, said they are continuing to ask students what they need to deal with the drastic changes brought on by the pandemic.
“We will work with all students returning if they need additional help for sure,” Brophy said. “We have to make sure it all adds up for students and the College.”
Heidt said students who are concerned about being able to afford next semester should contact the financial aid office for additional support.
“Our financial aid office is open and here to help,” Heidt said. “Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org to explore all the options available to you.”