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UChicago Reverses Plan To Cut Financial Aid To Students Leaving Campus Due To Coronavirus

Hours after Block Club reported on student financial aid being cut to so-called "distance learners," the university said students will get full "off-campus" benefits.

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HYDE PARK — The University of Chicago will eliminate the “distance learning” financial aid status just days after its creation, officials announced Wednesday.

Hours after Block Club reported on student financial aid being cut to so-called “distance learners,” the university said those who must leave on-campus housing due to coronavirus precautions will now receive “off-campus” status.

Many students who would have fallen under the distance learning status must find off-campus housing, but they would have received up to $2,339 less for the spring quarter than their “off-campus” classmates. This will no longer be the case.

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“The previous distance learning financial aid package had been calculated with the assumption that students leaving campus would move home,” director of media relations Colleen Mastony said Wednesday.

The university announced last week it would transition to remote learning for the spring quarter through June. Students must leave on-campus housing by 5 p.m. Sunday.

Students can apply for emergency funding through the university bursar. A list of frequently asked questions about spring financial aid is on the university’s website.

Those who need on-campus housing, dining, health or other support mechanisms can apply via the Housing and Residence Life portal, Mastony said.

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