Recognizing the significant effect the coron - avirus pandemic has had on students, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point distributed more than $2 million in emergency financial assistance to nearly 5,200 students.

This is part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security, or CARES, Act funding awarded to universities across the country.

“At UW-Stevens Point, we care deeply about our students. We identified a process to quickly assist as many students as possible,” said Troy Seppelt, assistant vice chancellor for student affairs and dean of students, in a news release.

All eligible students received assistance to meet technology needs resulting from disruption to campus operations because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the university said. Additional assis - tance was awarded to students within the eligibil - ity range for Pell grants to meet personal expenses and to eligible graduating seniors as they navigate the last semester of their college career.

To be eligible, students needed to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The 2019-2020 FAFSA can still be completed until the end of the spring semester. Additionally, the 2020-2021 FAFSA is available to receive financial aid assistance for the summer and the next academic year.

Some universities required students to apply for any CARES Act emergency aid, and this process is available at UW-Stevens Point to meet additional needs. Students may apply for an emergency grant via the UWSP CARES Act Emergency Funds Application. Students at UWStevens Point campuses in Marshfield and Wausau may apply through this branch campus process. The Dean of Students office administers these grants.