Southeast ministry offering free semester of college to 1 student

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Student debt takes a backseat as President Biden announced a forgiveness plan for college graduates, which will forgive up to $20,000 of financial debt.

With inflation on the rise, many students may still struggle to pay for gas, housing, and even grocery store items.

But a ministry at Southeast Missouri State University (SEMO), known as Campus Movement (CAMO), aims to combat financial stress by offering something quite unheard of.

“So this is an event that we do. This our second year doing it or second annual Big Bucks and Barbecue and it’s where we invite the whole campus to come out have a good time,” explained Joey Babich, Campus Movement Executive Director. “We are giving away some awesome prizes. We will give away a gas gift card, a Yeti cooler, a TV, some Air Pods and then the big giveaway of the night is we are going to give away a whole free semester of college.”

The average student debt for a SEMO college graduate is around $30,940, but these borrowers may receive a portion, or majority of that debt erased depending on whether they received a Pell grant or not.

For the campus movement ministry, the staff came together and agreed to provide a further blessing for students.

“Obviously too we want to provide a blessing for students. You know college is a really big expense for a lot of people as we all know and so getting to give a free semester of college away to somebody, that can really change somebody’s life,” continued Babich.

“It’s so exciting. It is a wonderful opportunity from our sponsors and for us to just give back to people in this way,” said Ashton Andrews, a student volunteer with CAMO.

“Yeah, I think it’s an awesome thing, you know as college students it’s the typical ‘were broke college students’ but a lot of people actually need it,” exclaimed David Dugan, a student at SEMO. “The person who won it last year was going to drop out, but they got the free semester, and they were able to continue.”

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