Southern Arkansas University will extend student payroll benefits to all current student workers, regardless of the funding source, during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
In response to the emergency, federal guidelines mandated institutions of higher education provide payroll benefits to student workers currently receiving federal work-study financial aid, and allowing suspension of student work.
The change in federally-supported student aid provides students who depend on financial aid the same flexibility to return home as students not dependent on financial aid.
SAU took the further step to pay all student workers, including those on regular work programs and graduate assistants, for the time they are scheduled to work for the remainder of the semester without requiring students to fulfill work duties.
This will give students the choice to return home to study while taking online classes, or to remain on campus without facing financial burdens of lost revenue.
In other COVID-19 developments at SAU:
-- On-campus tours for future students have been suspended until further notice. Students planning to visit campus were notified of the change on Monday. SAU is enhancing its interactive recruitment tools to provide the personal touch in an online setting. Questions regarding application status or the application process should continue being directed to the Office of Admissions.
-- The newly opened golf driving range is closed until further notice, Panda Express is closed, and changes have been made to dining options to encourage social distancing.
-- Changes were also taken to assist students remaining on campus during Spring Break. Fees typically charged for Spring Break residents are waived, and food service options are extended at no additional cost to students.
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