ABOVE PHOTO: Dr. George T. French, Jr. (Photo: www.cau.edu)
Clark Atlanta University President Dr. George T. French, Jr. recently announced that the university is canceling all student account balances for the Spring 2020 through Summer 2021 semesters, bringing them to a zero balance.
This initiative will have no impact on the students’ future financial aid eligibility because of this one-time outstanding balance cancellation. The university’s ability to provide this crucial relief to students is just a part of what CAU has experienced in the last 16 months.
Throughout this unprecedented period, a substantial amount of support has been received from the federal government under the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF). These funds have enabled CAU to support students in many ways:
• Provided emergency financial aid dollars
• Refunded a prorated amount of housing and meal charges for Spring 2020
• Discounted tuition and fees for the entire 2020-2021 academic year
• Purchased 4,000 laptops from Dell Computers for every financially enrolled student
• Purchased hotspots to give students with limited or no internet access in their homes
“We understand these past two academic years have been emotionally and financially difficult on students and their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why we will continue to do all we can to support their efforts to complete their CAU education,” French said. “Their academic and professional future is important to me and the entire Clark Atlanta University family. We care about students and want to lighten their individual and family’s financial load so they can continue their journey in pursuing and attaining their educational and professional goals.”
Established in 1988 by the historic consolidation of Atlanta University (1865) and Clark College (1869), Clark Atlanta University continues a 150-year legacy rooted in African American tradition and focused on the future.
Through global innovation, transformative educational experiences, and high-value engagement. CAU cultivates lifted lives that transform the world. Notable alumni include: James Weldon Johnson; American civil rights activist, poet, and songwriter (Lift Every Voice and Sing “The Black National Anthem”; Ralph David Abernathy Sr., American civil rights activist; Congressman Hank Johnson, Georgia District 4, and Jacque Reid, Emmy Award-winning television personality and journalist.
To learn more about Clark Atlanta University, visit www.cau.edu.