EUGENE, Ore.-- The University of Oregon is asking the public to donate money to their Student Crisis Fund as more students apply for money because of the coronavirus.
University officials sent out an email to the community saying they have seen a 500% increase in students asking for financial help through the crisis fund. The email said money from the fund helps vulnerable students pay unexpected medical bills, pay rent, or buy a plane ticket home.
University of Oregon President Michael Schill said in the email:
"We know many of our students are facing serious challenges during this unprecedented crisis. We also know that our UO family wants to help. We are doing everything in our power to protect our students' health and wellbeing. At the same time, we are deeply committed to ensuring they can continue to pursue their education. This fund will help us support our students and respond to some of their urgent individual needs."
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