With the coronavirus stimulus relief check expected to hit Americans’ accounts within upcoming weeks, many have been excluded from the extra pay day.

It is not a secret that many college students are some of the most financially vulnerable people with having to pay for tuition, books and other expenses. In the stimulus relief passed by Congress, many college students will not be receiving the extra $1200. In the bill, it is stated that if your parents claim you on their taxes or are over the age of 16, that dependent will not benefit from the bill.

“I’m frustrated because I am only a dependent so that I can stay on my father's health insurance. I’ve had a job since I was 16, and I always do my taxes and I get nothing,” junior Kaeleigh Kreis said. “My parents will get no stimulus money for me and my brother since we are over 16.”

Parents who claim any child over the age of 16 will not be eligible to receive the extra $500 included with the one-time payment of $1200. Many students pay for college with very little help from parents and work while balancing a full class schedule.

“It’s frustrating. I’m doing my taxes now and I'll only get $20 back despite all this money being spent elsewhere. It’s sort of ridiculous that no one can help out. I lost my job due to this. My parent lost her job and income now too. We are all struggling and to exclude anyone is just frustrating,” senior Megan McCabe said.

With the summer approaching, some college students fear they might not be able to go back to work and make money that will help pay for school come the fall.

“I’m mostly upset because it’s like, I’m not going to be able to get a job when classes end. So, how am I supposed to start paying for my next apartment?” junior Gabe Ayala said.

An addition to the bill has been proposed which would allow more widespread relief. The addition of the bill would hope to provide more money to those who claim dependents on taxes and college students.

GRACE KINNICUTT is a Feautres Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at gkinnic@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @GKinnicutt 


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