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COVID-19: Dartmouth students need more aid to return

Published: 5/18/2020 9:13:00 PM
Modified: 5/18/2020 9:12:56 PM

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is planning to distribute an additional $16 million to $20 million in financial aid over the next two years to help meet the needs of undergraduate students whose families have been hard-hit by layoffs and other economic impacts from the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon said in an announcement on the college website that college trustees had already budgeted $120 million for financial aid in the upcoming year but that demand is expected to rise by $8 million to $10 million in each of the next two years.

Hanlon said he is forming a commission to look at access and affordability and also outlined plans to increase the threshold so that students from a family with income of up to $125,000 are eligible for full-tuition undergraduate scholarships. The prior level was $100,000.

Hanlon also announced plans to eliminate loans from financial aid packages and to make Dartmouth one of only six colleges in the U.S. to guarantee so-called “need-blind admissions” to both American citizens and students from other countries.

The announcement said that Dartmouth’s Office of Financial Aid had received a “surging number of appeals” from current and accepted students over the past two months.

“Families from all financial backgrounds are wondering whether they can attend — or return to — Dartmouth next year without additional scholarship support and we are committed to responding to that new and urgent need,” Hanlon said.

Dartmouth officials have said the college faces operating losses of up to $100 million in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, because of the pandemic. Dartmouth has already frozen hiring and canceled salary increases, and more cuts are expected to be announced soon.

Hanlon appealed to alumni and other supporters to contribute to support the expanded demand for financial aid.

Tuition in the 2020-21 school year at Dartmouth is about $57,800, and students who return to campus (a yet-to-be-determined number are likely to remain at home on a remote learning program) would face another $17,000 in room and board.

Lebanon pool will not openfor 2020 season

LEBANON — The Lebanon Memorial Pool will stay shuttered for the summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The city’s Recreation and Parks Department announced the decision in a brief Facebook post Monday afternoon.

City Manager Shaun Mulholland previously told the Valley News that he wasn’t rehiring the pool’s part-time seasonal staff as he expected the pool might remain closed this year.

The pool was scheduled to reopen June 15.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to people “through the water used in pools, hot tubs or water playgrounds,” but warns that swimmers should “limit close contact with people outside your home in public spaces, both in and out of the water.”

Hartford Transfer Stationexpanding hours

HARTFORD — The Hartford Transfer Station is expanding its hours and easing other restrictions put in place earlier this spring because of the new coronavirus.

Starting Tuesday, the Route 5 facility will be open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

And Hartford officials said there will no longer be restrictions on the number of household trash bags. In addition, household trash and recycling, food scraps, batteries, light bulbs, electronics recycling, bulky waste such as furniture or appliances, yard waste, clean wood and tires will be accepted.

People using the facility are asked to follow safety and health guidelines for social distancing, to wear a mask and to bring exact change or a check.

Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District residents who don’t have permits for the station can purchase a day pass for $5. Permits for 2020-21 are expected to go on sale by mid-June, and the price of a 10-punch card remains $50.

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