Humber College's student union IGNITE established supports for Humber and University of Guelph-Humber students soon after campuses closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A new $250,000 fund is designed to ease the hardships students may face as a result of the worldwide health crisis. The Emergency Financial Relief Fund is open to applications from domestic and international students with demonstrated financial need.
"We saw an opportunity to help," said Megan Roopnarinem Vice President, Guelph-Humber.
"We want to ensure there is easily accessible support in place for those working toward a degree, diploma, or Ontario college certificate."
Humber provides support
She notes that IGNITE is pleased that the institutions were supportive and helpful in getting the fund off the ground as soon as it was needed. Humber College is combining the new funding with existing bursary funds to support students.
“At Humber College student success is our top priority. We will support them in any way we can. That includes providing financial assistance.” said Daniel Castillo-Sanchez, Manager of Financial Aid in the Office of the Registrar.
“We are pleased to support IGNITE’s efforts to relieve some of Humber students’ stress during this time of change and uncertainty.”
The bursaries are awarded on an individual basis upon consideration of expenses, income, family support, part-time employment opportunities, academic standing and personal circumstances.
The end of the Winter 2020 semester is approaching. Prior to the COVID-19 outbreak students already had graduation, final projects and future employment in mind.
IGNITE recognizes the changing circumstances for every student.
"They shouldn't have to worry about wondering where rent will come from, or if they'll have money for breakfast," said Roopnarinem. For more information about the fund and how to apply visit humber.ca/updates.