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Student Crisis Fund Faces Funding Crisis Of Its Own

A fund to help students in need at the University of Maryland needs help itself.

There’s been a run on the Student Crisis Fund at the University of Maryland College Park campus since the COVID-19 outbreak forced students to leave campus and shift to distance learning.

More than $370,000 has been distributed to over 800 students to help them meet basic needs in the past two weeks, according to the university.

The university has received more than 900 applications for assistance to pay for food, transportation or housing.

The massive increase in requests ― there are typically two to three each week ― depleted the account and others earlier this week, prompting a fundraising effort by university officials.

A waiting list for assistance started to form earlier this week, according to an appeal from Vice President of University Relations Jackie Lewis.

The university is also soliciting donations for the campus food pantry and a fund intended to help students at risk from withdrawing from the university entirely.

Donations to the funds can be made online.

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