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FAMU hosts an online forum to answer questions about housing and financial aid

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) — Solving the problems.

In order to answer any questions students and parents may have about current housing issues, FAMU hosted an online forum on Tuesday.

The university said it hoped to clarify the financial aid it is offering to the hundreds of students on its housing waiting list.

Hundreds of incoming FAMU students are scrambling to find accommodation after learning there are no more beds available on campus. A problem that the university seeks to solve.

“What we’re trying to do is get as many first-time students on campus,” FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson explained. “The incentive is not for them to leave campus, the incentive for those who are already on campus is for our upper class.”

According to the University, 93 upperclass students have already accepted the $2,000 per semester incentive to leave campus to make room for students coming to campus for the first time.

“Priority in order are FTIC under 18s, students with documented disabilities, and other FTIC students and transfer students,” said FAMU Housing Director Dr. Jennifer Wilder.

Students who were on the waiting list and then refused on-campus accommodation before the 15th and scholarship students who have paid accommodation are not eligible for the grant.

“He’s really trying to make a significant impact on student housing costs with the $2,000 and also with the meal plan which is around $2,800 per semester,” the vice president of student affairs said. of FAMU, Dr. William Hudson Jr.

FAMU says the money comes from funds they have maintained for situations like this.

“We were able to use funds provided specifically to HBCUs through federal funding to support our focus on covid-19,” Dr. Robinson said.

FAMU says they learn from their mistakes to ensure their students have the best experience possible.

“A job we are making progress on. We will continue to do so. We accept this responsibility and challenge ourselves to be better,” assured Dr Hudson. “We are going to be better today than we thought. Were yesterday and better tomorrow than we were today.”

The deadline for the first 400 upperclass students to accept the grant is Friday, July 22 at 5 p.m., but the university says it may consider extending it.

The university also says it is working to add an additional 1,800 to 2,000 beds over the next few years.

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