As part of the relief bill passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Labette Community College has started distributing $406,120 to students — half of the $812,240 grant the school received from the stimulus package. Eligible students can receive up to $1,000 based on eligibility standards. 

The first round of payments to students, totaling $20,250, was dispersed to 22 Labette students. The college is estimating that at least 410 students will be eligible for the emergency relief funds. The purpose of the grant is to provide emergency financial aid grants to students for expenses related to the disruptions of campus operations due to the coronavirus, including food, housing, course materials, technology, health care and child care. 

Students are asked to complete an emergency relief application posted on the college’s website, www.labette.edu

Eligible students include those eligible for Title IV funds such as Pell Grants, subsidized and unsubsidized direct loans, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants and federal work-study program.

Payments are being made on a two-week basis and began on May 13. The next payment is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday and will continue until at least Aug. 5. Funds will continue to be dispersed depleted and grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. The college can make adjustments to the plan as needed.

A priority deadline for applications is set for May 28. 

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