Clark Atlanta University President Dr. George T. French, Jr. announced Friday that the educational institution will be clearing all student balances owed from the 2020-2021 school year, bringing them all to a zero balance. In a statement, a university spokesperson explained that the school was able to extend this offer to students because it received federal funding under the CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF).

"We understand these past two academic years have been emotionally and financially difficult on students and their families due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That is why we will continue to do all we can to support their efforts to complete their CAU education," said President French. "Their academic and professional future is important to me and the entire Clark Atlanta University family. We care about students and want to lighten their individual and family's financial load so they can continue their journey in pursuing and attaining their educational and professional goals."