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The University of Colorado has set aside $120,000 to help off-campus students who were affected by Boulder's 100-year flood.
CU spokesman Bronson Hilliard said since the university reopened Monday, about 130 students have come to the resource desk at the University Memorial Center needing help with everything from books and supplies to finding a new place to live.
"These are kids who live off campus and suffered some kind of property damage from the flood," Hilliard said. "They've been coming to us and we've sort of been documenting their financial needs, and they're pretty substantial."
Kelly Fox, senior vice chancellor and chief financial officer, authorized $120,000 in funding to take care of the off-campus students in need.
Deb Coffin, vice chancellor of student affairs, said officials have emailed off-campus students about the funding and are encouraging those affected by the flood to apply for assistance online or at the UMC.
"The whole reason we are here is to help students go to school," Coffin said. "We want as many students as possible dealing with this tragedy to continue to go to school and continue their progress. We're just trying to help smooth the way for them to stay in school."
Coffin said that could mean anything from buying some textbooks or school supplies to providing temporary meal plans or gift cards for spending money. She said the school has also already housed nine students in hotels and is working on housing for about 35 more.
"Some of our kids have lost everything," Coffin said. "Some of the students just need a meal plan for a few weeks because their kitchen isn't working."
The school is also providing other types of support, including counseling for students returning to class.
"Some of the kids haven't heard from loved ones," Coffin said. "Some of them, they're fine but their parents lost their house. We're here for emotional support."
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