Michigan State University offers students over $ 1,000 to move early
EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University students who move before April 12 can receive a credit of $ 1,120, the university said.
Reimbursement can take three options: a credit for next fall’s accommodation and food costs on campus, a credit for next fall’s off-campus dining plan, or a direct deposit of $ 1,120, less everything. unpaid balance with the university.
The credit only applies to people living in halls of residence and is unrelated to tuition fees, MSU spokeswoman Emily Guerrant said.
Many MSU students have already started to relocate after the university transitioned to online courses and the opening ceremonies were canceled as a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The state announced Tuesday that the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan has risen to at least 65. The governor has banned gatherings of more than 50 and ordered restaurants, bars and other businesses to close in order to slow down the spread of the virus.
An email from the university to the students indicated that they should register for direct deposit in StuInfo, and the university is asking students to register before the end of March. If students do not have direct deposit, a check will be mailed.
The email stated that students who receive institutional funds for their room and board, including student-athletes, Spartan Advantage students, distinguished alumni, residential counselors, cross-cultural assistants and others, will not be not eligible for credit.
Guerrant said about 14% of students still live on campus, or about 2,350 students.
“We expect this number to continue to decline as more international and out-of-state domestic students make arrangements to return home,” Guerrant said. “But we also know that some students will have to stay, and we will continue to take care of them.”
The university said virtual teaching and learning at MSU will continue for the remainder of the semester. According to an update from MSU on Monday, university officials plan to “make every effort to reschedule” the opening ceremonies.
MSU also sent an email to its overseas students on March 12 saying they should return to the United States immediately. Students who have received a scholarship to study abroad are allowed to keep these funds, but for any other scholarships, students should contact the MSU from which they received the award.
MSU students have also started petitions to do classes this semester credit / no credit, instead of the typical filing system. A petition created by Will Bulkowski has collected more than 5,000 signatures since its launch four days ago.
Guerrant said students and parents had asked about reimbursements specific to college halls and catering costs. MSU based its repayment rate on the start date of April 12.
The email stated that MSU students who receive financial aid should contact the financial aid office to see how the credit might impact their determination for financial aid.
University of Michigan spokesman Rick Fitzgerald said UM was considering reimbursing its students, but no update was immediately available.
The Michigan State Emergency Operations Center is coordinating state and government resources and the response to the spread of the coronavirus. He shared the following tips:
What you can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses:
· Always cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue or sleeve.
· Stay home if you are sick and advise others to do the same.
· Avoid close contact with sick people.
· Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
· Wash your hands often with soap and lukewarm water for at least 20 seconds.
· Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, if soap and hot water are not available.
· Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces (computers, keyboards, desks, etc.).
It is not too late to get the flu shot! Although the flu shot does not protect against infection with COVID-19, it can help keep you healthy during the flu season.
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