Eastern Michigan University expands EMU CARES Grant initiative to support graduate students

New grant addresses disruption in education due to COVID-19; provides $500 grant for students enrolling in one summer class; $1,000 grant for students enrolling in two summer classes

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YPSILANTI --  Eastern Michigan University has expanded its EMU CARES Grant program for students affected by the COVID-19 crisis to include graduate students. The EMU CARES Grant was introduced last week, initially for undergraduate students while the University assessed the most effective way to support graduate students. After that assessment, it was determined that graduate students would benefit under the same terms.

The one-time grant provides $500 to all students, undergraduate and graduate, enrolling in one three-credit course, and $1,000 for all students, undergraduate and graduate, enrolling in two courses, or six-credit hours. It applies to current students as well as guest and transfer students who enroll in Eastern’s more than 650 online/virtual summer courses, which begin May 4.

The EMU CARES Grant is designed to offset new costs and other hurdles students face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the additional expenses associated with online and hybrid courses. It provides an additional benefit to students to help them persist in their education and complete their degrees.

“We indicated in our rollout of EMU CARES that the University was evaluating the best way to provide support to graduate students, and following that assessment we determined the same plan would benefit our graduate students in this difficult time,” said Eastern Michigan University Vice President for Enrollment Management Kevin Kucera. “Many of our graduate students face layoffs and other financial hardships and we want to support them as they navigate these unprecedented challenges.”

EMU requires no application to obtain an EMU CARES Grant. It will be automatically credited to students’ accounts for eligible summer 2020 courses. 

Because the grant is designed to offset additional online fees students must pay due to COVID-19, the grant is available to students who take courses in which an online fee is charged -- this includes the majority of summer courses. The grant aims to directly address concerns raised by some students about being required to take an online course because of the COVID-19 crisis.

Students who receive full-tuition scholarships for their summer classes and international students may not be eligible for the EMU CARES grants.

Eastern Michigan University summer registration is currently underway. Students can visit the University’s online enrollment page to learn more about the University’s extensive online and transferable summer course offerings.

About Eastern Michigan University

Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves nearly 18,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and, its graduate school. EMU is regularly recognized by national publications for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website.

April 17, 2020

Written by:
Walter Kraft

Media Contact:
Geoff Larcom