by Cade Slaughter / April 1, 2021
Approximately a year ago, Hannibal-LaGrange University, along with a multitude of other institutions, decided to dismiss in-class courses and switch to an online format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While students and faculty are grateful the university has maintained in-class schedules this academic year, many students and families over the course of one year have struggled financially. In our region and across the nation, many private businesses filed for bankruptcy, people were let go from their places of employment, and many have filed for unemployment.
While many students and families have struggled due to this pandemic, the government has been able to take their part by providing the students with checks ranging from $1000-5000, tremendously helping the students finance properly in college during the pandemic. Needless to mention, a majority of the students have been quite pleased with the checks so far as it has helped them during this time of crisis.
“The recent stimulus checks have helped me and allowed me to have more freedom and buy the things I’ve wanted to purchase recently without feeling guilty about spending too much money,” said from HLGU freshman Seth Iken, interviewed a week after the stimulus checks arrived on campus. “They’ve also helped me save much more money for after college as well.”
Were you quite shocked to learn that you received this check? “Yeah, I had no idea honestly until my friends told me about the checks. It was quite surprising to say the least.”
What have you heard from other students regarding the stimulus checks? “All good things,” Iken stated. “Everyone’s excited about it, and I definitely have not heard any complaints about how much we have received. Everyone is having a great time it seems.”
Sophomore Caleb Nading was also interviewed, and while he was very pleased with receiving the stimulus checks, it also begs the question as to whether this will affect the government in a negative aspect. “I think it will be interesting how the government will be able to pay for it in the long run. I understand why they are giving stimulus checks out, but they are already giving stimulus checks out to people who have jobs and who are of relatively decent financial status. Personally, I do not think I need a stimulus check, but I am happy to receive one. Hopefully, there isn’t a major backlash from these checks.”
The IRS and Treaury Department have so far delivered 127 million payments to eligible people for the recent stimulus checks. Those who have not yet received their stimulus checks can track the status with the IRS and USPS on the “Get My Payment tracker tool” app on the App Store and Google Play store.
As expected, the feedback from the students on campus has been relatively positive as free money is always welcome. The important thing to remember is to always be smart with your money and use it to your advantage.