COVID-19: Laval University releases an emergency fund for its students in difficulty
Université Laval is making an emergency fund of $ 500,000 available to its students who are in deep trouble due to the COVID-19 crisis.
A student could be awarded a maximum amount of $ 1,500, established according to each situation and taking into account the government benefits announced. The application form is available online on the website of the Office of Grants and Financial Aid (BBAF). “The funds are already available, and the first installments will be given to students in need within a targeted period of one week after receipt of the request. Staff members, in teleworking, follow up on requests and aim for an accelerated processing of these priority files ”, assures Francis Brousseau, director of BBAF, by press release.
Several students have lost their jobs suddenly in the past few days with the closure of a majority of businesses. “This program will provide them with respite and essential assistance to stay on course and complete their study course more serenely,” hopes Rénald Bergeron, vice-rector for external affairs, international affairs and health.
The aid fund could be improved thanks to the contribution of the Laval University Foundation and that of student associations, CADEUL and AELIES. Private donors can also contribute to the emergency fund through the web page https://www.ulaval.ca/fondation/covid-19.html .
The president of Laval University, Sophie D’Amours, took the opportunity to challenge the major financial institutions. “Our students are living through very difficult hours and the rapid implementation of microcredit programs could be decisive in their ability to carry out their studies, and then contribute to the revival of our society which will be in great need of it”, affirms Me D’Amours.
Laval University has 43,000 students, including 7,000 international students.