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COVID-19 Emergency Financial Aid for Students

Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF/HEERF II/HEERFIII) Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

As a part of the CARES, CRRSAA, ARP and  Acts, Wright State University was awarded Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF), which provides grants to assist student needs as a result of COVID-19 and campus operations going remote. Wright State University signed and returned to the Department of Education the Certification and Agreement that we will use no less than 50 percent of funds received to provide direct grants to eligible students who were affected by campus operations going remote and/or the national pandemic. Wright State University will receive $5,070,423 under the CARES act, $5,070,423 under the CRRSAA, and $14,508,548 under the ARP to provide direct grants to students and will report quarterly on how grant funds are provided to students. Since last Spring 2020, approximately 17,442 students have been eligible to be considered for HEERF funds. The university has distributed $17,854,420 in HEERF funds to 11,693 students as of September 30, 2021. Wright State University will continue to provide HEERF grants to students during each semester throughout the 2021-22 year.


Direct Grants to Students for Fall 2021

In September 2021, Wright State University automatically awarded students who met the following criteria:

  • Enrolled for Fall 2021,
  • Filed a 2021–22 FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as of September 10, 2021, and
  • Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA is less than 20,000.

Grant amounts were determined based on each student's EFC, grade level, and enrollment. The EFC is calculated from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The university used a tiered approach to award the grant. Each student who received funding was sent an email explaining the details of the funding.

Emergency Fund Applications

Students enrolled Fall 2021 who did not receive a HEERF grant based on their EFC could apply for assistance with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.

    What expenses are these grants designed to assist with?

    These grants are designed to assist students with the additional expenses they incurred due to COVID-19 and the national emergency. Expenses include:

    • Food
    • Housing
    • Course materials
    • Technology
    • Health care
    • Childcare

    Receiving HEERF Funds

    HEERF grants are applied to a student's account and refunded directly to student. These grants are not applied to an outstanding balance unless specified to do so in the application. We encourage students to set up direct deposit in WINGS Express.


    Disclosing Previous Methods Used to Determine Eligibility

    Wright State University is required to disclose the methods used to determine eligibility for the Higher Education Emergency Relief (HEERF) Grant received under Section 18004(a)(1).

    Direct Grants to Students for Spring 2020

    Wright State University realizes the impact that moving classes remote has on our students. To assist with those expenses, on May 11, 2020, the university provided $4,452,750 in grants directly to 5,714 students who met specific requirements. Awards ranged from $75 to $1,000 depending on need and enrollment. 
    Students had to meet the following criteria to be considered:

    • Enrolled in Spring 2020 in courses that were face-to-face as of May 13, 2020
    • Met basic federal student aid requirements
    • Filed a 2019-2020 FAFSA and completed all outstanding financial aid requirements as of May 1, 2020
    • 2019-2020 FAFSA EFC between $0 and $20,000

    Direct Grants to Students for Fall 2020

    Wright State realizes the impact that moving classes remote has on our students residing on campus. To assist with those expenses, on September 8, 2020, the university provided $214,750 in grants directly to 860 students who met specific requirements. Awards were $250 per student. Students had to meet the following criteria to be considered:

    • Enrolled in a degree program for Fall 2020
    • Met basic federal student aid requirements
    • Filed a 2020-2021 FAFSA and completed all outstanding financial aid requirements as of September 8, 2020
    • Reside in on-campus housing

    Direct Grants to Students for Spring 2021 (CRRSAA/HEERF II)

    In March 2021, Wright State University automatically awarded $5,203,275 in grants to 6,741 students who met the following criteria:

    • enrolled at least half-time for Spring 2021,
    • degree-seeking,
    • U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen as determined by the FAFSA, and
    • filed a 2020–21 FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as of March 1, 2021.

    Grant amounts were determined based on each student's EFC and enrollment. The EFC is calculated from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The university used a tiered approach to award the grant. Each student who received funding was sent an email explaining the details of the funding.

    Direct Grants to Students for Summer 2021 (ARP/HEERF III)

    In June 2021, Wright State University automatically awarded students who met the following criteria:

    • Enrolled for Summer 2021,
    • Filed a 2021–22 FAFSA with a valid Expected Family Contribution (EFC) as of June 28, 2021, and
    • Expected Family Contribution (EFC), as determined by the FAFSA is less than 20,000.

    Grant amounts were determined based on each student's EFC, grade level, and enrollment. The EFC is calculated from the student’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The university used a tiered approach to award the grant. Each student who received funding was sent an email explaining the details of the funding.

    Emergency Fund Applications

    Enrolled students who did not already receive a HEERF grant can apply for assistance with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19. As of today, the university has provided $461,145 in grants directly to 945 students who completed the application.

    Quarterly Budget and Expenditure Reporting under CARES Act Sections 18004(a)(1) Institutional Portion

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