The debt will be covered by various scholarships, such as the United Negro College Fund, 公司, Jack and Jill, 公司, as well as other funding, 根据发布.
Rodman Allen, who graduated Saturday, said he’s going to use the money to invest in his future, 根据大学.
“I couldn’t believe it when he said it. It’s a blessing,” Allen said in the university release. “I can use that money and invest it into my future.”
Twin graduates Taylor and Tyler Thompson are also very thankful for the debt forgiveness, according to WHIO.
“It was very heartwarming because now we can actually, like clear our minds and actually focus,” said Tyler, who plans on applying to a police academy.
“It makes me want to do more actually, now that I know I don’t have to worry about it,” said Taylor, who wants to get her real estate license and eventually start her own business.
This isn’t the first time Wilberforce University assisted its students financially during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Last spring, financial aid was provided to Wilberforce students whose bursar office balance would have prohibited them from registering for upcoming fall classes, 根据新闻稿. This was made possible by the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, which was set up through the CARES Act.