Dear Faculty and Staff,
Happy Memorial Day. Please see the statement below regarding student debt forgiveness.
The announcement at the 165th Commencement that the University would forgive student debt to Wilberforce University for members of the Class of 2020 and 2021 has resulted in national attention for Wilberforce. We want to assure, however, that the correct message is being communicated to the public regarding this announcement and what it means for our students.
As a university community, we need to be very clear that what we have done is to forgive the debt that our students owe to Wilberforce University. We are able to do this through scholarships and other institutionally funded initiatives. However, we have neither the authority nor the resources to forgive student debt owed to any other source. It is vitally important that the entire Wilberforce University community be clear on that point.
Enjoy the remainder of your holiday!
Dr. Elfred Anthony Pinkard,
Wilberforce University President