Southern Illinois University Carbondale joined other colleges and universities in the region in giving students some extra financial assistance for the upcoming school year. The university will distribute $12.3 million as emergency grant money. This money comes from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Students will receive $500 to $1,500, depending on financial needs. Southern Illinois University Carbondale sent emails to students with instructions on how to apply for those grants. The actual application process starts August 23.