Initiatives for families of WWU students to help ease the financial burden of COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every facet of society. Now, William Woods University (WWU) is stepping up to help one of the many segments of the population that is feeling the financial bite of the crisis – families.
Today, WWU President, Dr. Jahnae H. Barnett, announced that the University is waiving all late fees incurred by students for the months of April and May 2020. President Barnett also is removing registration holds on the accounts of traditional students owing up to $3,000 and for graduate and online students owing up to $1,000.
All students in these categories will also be permitted to register for fall classes immediately. If a student’s balance exceeds the limits, they can contact the Students Financial Services Office at WWU before May 31 at firstname.lastname@example.org, to set up a payment plan.
“We understand the tremendous financial stress that the crisis is putting on the families of our William Woods students,” said Dr. Barnett. “Across the country, families are enduring hardship through lost jobs, strained budgets, and healthcare costs. We value our students, and their families that make a college education possible, and want these measures to help ease their financial worries in this extraordinarily challenging time.”
Earlier this week, the University also announced two new Admissions initiatives, a standardized test-optional policy and financial platform that allows prospective students and their families reassurance of affordability to attend William Woods at the time their application is submitted.
Together, these initiatives will lessen the financial strains and boost WWU affordability for families – at a time they need it most.
“We believe that, just like workers and small businesses, our William Woods families also deserve a stimulus package,” said Dr. Barnett. “It is important to us that they remain part of the William Woods community, and that they know we are truly all in this together.”