Kean University Students Facing Coronavirus Hardship Offered Help

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UNION, NJ — Kean University is offering more scholarships and options to help prospective and current students and their families afford their education during the new coronavirus pandemic.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has put tremendous pressure on students not only financially but in many other aspects of their lives, and we want to support them,"University President Dr. DawoodFarahi said. "We don’t want students to give up on their dream of a college education because of this crisis. Together, we can still make it happen."

To help the University is introducing two new scholarship opportunities for talented students from low-income families in New Jersey. Garden State Equity scholarships, worth up to $8,000 over four years, now are available for prospective students with family incomes under $80,000 who meet the eligibility requirements. Additional scholarships for academically gifted and needy students are available through the University’s Centennial Fund.

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Kean’s financial aid staff is also working with prospective and current students, as families face economic hardships brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak. If there has been a change in income or job loss due to the pandemic, students can contact a Kean financial aid counselor to update their financial information to see if they qualify for additional financial aid.

The University has adjusted the required GPA to 3.0 for prospective Fall 2020 students who choose to apply without submitting their SAT or ACT scores, since test sessions were canceled this spring.

Kean Admissions developed a number of virtual events for prospective students, including virtual information sessions with a virtual campus tour that features current students.

For more information about applying to Kean, visit Kean’s Admissions website.

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This article originally appeared on the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Patch